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

Last updated on April 27th, 2021

(Lead Image Photo Credit: Context Travel)

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. 

Illustration, group of women talking

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.

Photo Credit: Context Travel

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.

Photo Credit: Context Travel

woman mexico face painted

Photo Credit: Context Travel

Video Credit: YouTube 

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.

JourneyWoman Readers

JourneyWoman readers (non-members) receive a 15% discount on your first purchase when using the link provided below. Please include code TRAVELJWCC when signing up for your first experience. 

 

Disclaimer: We’re so happy that you’re checking out this page! We are committed to being transparent about all content that we publish.

Should you decide to purchase a seminar or course from Context Travel using a link from our site, JourneyWoman may earn a small commission, which helps us maintain this website and continue to produce our free monthly magazine and other free services. This commission does not come out of your pocket, it is paid by Context Travel to us. 

We only recommend things that are suggested by our community or through our own experience that we believe will be practical and helpful for you. We welcome your questions and feedback about any articles published on our site. 

.

Follow JourneyWoman for curated articles, tips, news and content from our community and our partners.

Previous

Next

We always strive to use real photos from our own adventures, provided by the guest writer or from our personal travels. However, in some cases, due to photo quality, we must use stock photography. If you have any questions about the photography please let us know.

Disclaimer: We are so happy that you are checking out this page right now! We only recommend things that are suggested by our community, or through our own experience, that we believe will be helpful and practical for you. Some of our pages contain links, which means we’re part of an affiliate program for the product being mentioned. Should you decide to purchase a product using a link from on our site, JourneyWoman may earn a small commission from the retailer, which helps us maintain our beautiful website. JourneyWoman is an Amazon Associate and earns from qualifying purchases. Thank you!

We want to hear what you think about this article, and we welcome any updates or changes to improve it. You can comment below, or send an email to us at editor@journeywoman.com.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You cannot copy content from this page.

Text logo of Journey Woman

Are You Ready to Take the First Step?

Join 55,000 other women who love travel on our mailing list for travel tips, advice and solo travel wisdom.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Send this to a friend