This week, the ALANA Center kicked off Black History Month with a talk by co-founder of nonprofit Mystic Soul Project Jade T. Perry entitled “Blackness, Mysticism, and Liberation.” Students gathered on Feb. 4 in Rocky 200 to hear Perry, who describes herself as a writer, speaker, educator, artist and mystic, discuss African diasporic spirituality. She related her own experience growing up within organized religion, a Western European colonizing force. Perry explained that Black mysticism allows one to decolonize their relationship to religion. The event also included poetry readings by two students. All photos by Tiana Headley/The Miscellany News.
Saredo Ali ’22 (above) and Hayley Craig 22 (below) read poems prior to Perry’s talk.
Perry discusses Black mysticism and liberation.
Students attend the ALANA Center’s kickoff.