Virtual Seminars from Context Travel to Celebrate Game-Changing Women During Black History Month

Last updated on April 27th, 2021

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Celebrating Black Women During Black History Month… and Every Month 

February is Black History Month, a time when we honour the enormous contributions that Black people have made, and continue to make, in all sectors of society. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the resilience and courage of Black women around the world. 

This is always a special month, but it feels different this year. We believe the achievements of Black women should be recognized every single day of the year and strive to do so in everything we do by representing the voice of Black women in our editorial, our Solo Travel Wisdom sessions, the books we choose for our book club, on our Advisory Board, in the articles we accept and of course, on our own team.  We welcome your ideas and perspectives to help us be a positive ally for change. 

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We are committed to be a platform for Black voices

Starting with our Commitment to Anti-Racism in June, we constantly seek out opportunities to include the voices of Black women in everything we do.

Virtual Seminars to learn about the contributions of Black women

These expert-led sessions from our partner Context Travel spotlight some fearless Black women in history – including Toni Morrison, Josephine Baker, Yaa Gyasi, Octavia Butler, and Jesmyn Ward.

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The Women of the Harlem Renaissance

February 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST

 How did Black women aesthetically navigate the liberatory gender and sexual potentials of the flapper era amidst the racism of Jim Crow? This seminar examines the women of the Harlem Renaissance who stood at the intersection of the new Negro and the new woman’s movements. Examining Black women artists’ contributions in conversation, we’ll consider, for example, the literature of Angelina Weld Grimké and Nella Larsen alongside the sculpture of Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller and Augusta Savage and the musical stylings of Gladys Bentley and Bessie Smith.

In doing so, we’ll discuss the literary trope of the tragic mulatta, histories of racial passing, the rhetoric of racial uplift, and the trauma of Black motherhood. In this moment of immense potential for cultural change, we’ll consider how and why Black women artists often understood race, gender, and sexuality as ambiguous, unfixed, and, at times, incomprehensible.

Introduction to Contemporary Black Women’s Writing with Dr. Maria Seger

February 13, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST

What stories have Black women told, and what makes the lyricism with which they’ve told them innovative? Imaginatively depicting Black histories of slavery and the middle passage, Jim Crow segregation, and contemporary mass incarceration through genres like historical fiction, science fiction, neo-slave narrative, and bildungsroman, contemporary Black women writers engage themes of mothers and daughters, love, and sexuality, freedom and unfreedom, and, indeed, life and death.

This seminar explores some of these major themes and styles in literary and historical contexts by examining canonical and award-winning contemporary Black women writers such as Toni Morrison, Yaa Gyasi, Octavia Butler, and Jesmyn Ward.

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War Heroes, Jazz, and Existentialists: Black Americans in Paris

February 10, 5:00 pm – 6;30 pm EST

Josephine Baker (1906 –1975) was an American-born French entertainer, French resistance agent and civil right activist. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics. She once said: “I have two loves, my country and Paris.

The City of Lights was home to the most important black American artists of the twentieth century. From the early jazz men and women that invented a new kind of melody for a Lost Generation to Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and the artists that inspired them, the history of Paris cannot be told without the story of the American artists whose skin color forever defined them back home.

Beginning with the story of the ‘Harlem Hell Fighters’, one of the greatest military outfits in American history, we will learn about the soldiers in James Reese Europe’s jazz band that brought a new kind of sound to the roaring twenties. From the famous jazz clubs in Montmartre to black Americans’ indubitable influence on the Roaring Twenties, this story will also cover American legends Josephine Baker and Sidney Bechet, whose artistic flare defined a generation.

To Book A Context Travel Seminar

Our friends at Context Travel have a series of seminars for Black History month. From Cape Town to Paris, from Fredrick Douglas to James Baldwin, please join us in honoring Black History month by learning about key achievements, historical events and figures, and talking as a community.

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