Black Women Coping in Community

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Last spring, Literary Cleveland launched our new Amplify Projects series providing funding and support to members of marginalized groups to design a project by and for their community. Among the first three projects was Black Women Coping in Cleveland, an anthology created by our spring 2021 intern Dr. Tisha Carter in response to to the deeply disturbing 2020 study by CityLab that found the outcomes for Black women living in Cleveland to be the worst overall in the country in terms of health, education, and economics.

This year, Literary Cleveland and Dr. Carter have partnered with the MLK Branch of Cleveland Public Library to build on the original Amplify Project by offering free, expanded programming under the name Black Women Coping in Community (BWCC).

Black Women Coping in Community is a series of four free in-person programs open to the public and intended for participants to come together, share your experiences, and speak truth to power in ways that may create more positive outcomes for the city. Scroll down to see details for all four programs.

The events for Black Women Coping Community will be held at Cleveland Public Library - Martin L. King, Jr., 1962 Stokes Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Black Women Coping in Community: Panel Discussion

CPL MLK Branch

Tuesday, March 8 - 4-5:30pm

Join us for a free panel bringing together Black women from diverse backgrounds to enlighten about different aspects of coping in Cleveland, including poverty, medical racism, environmental racism, underemployment/unemployment, work/wage discrimination, and police abuse/brutality. Panelists include incredible Cleveland women and waymakers Phyllis Harris, executive director of the LGBT Community Center of Cleveland, Yvonka Hall, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, and Leah Ross, co-visionary and outreach director for New City Cleveland. This program, hosted by Dr. Tisha Carter, is the kickoff event of the Black Women Coping in Community (BWCC) series.

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Write About Now: BWCC Therapeutic Journaling Workshop

CPL MLK Branch

Tuesday, April 12 - 4-5:30pm

Journaling is a powerful tool for processing difficult emotions and healing from traumatic events. Black women and girls are invited to attend this free interactive workshop on journaling, facilitated by Dr. Tisha Carter.

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Creating in Community: BWCC Writing Workshop

CPL MLK Branch

Tuesday, May 10 - 4-5:30pm

Use storytelling, poetry, and essay writing to explore the past, discuss the present, or imagine a new future. In this free workshop, Black women and girls are invited to learn tools and techniques to amplify their voices and represent their unique experiences and perspectives. This program is facilitated by Michelle R. Smith, Programming Associate for Literary Cleveland.

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Amplified: BWCC Open Mic​

CPL MLK Branch

Tuesday, June 14 - 4-5:30pm

Black girls and women are invited to take the mic and tell their stories of coping in Cleveland. All forms of poetry and storytelling are welcome. This free program is facilitated by Michelle R. Smith.

REGISTER HERE!

Last spring, Literary Cleveland launched our new Amplify Projects series providing funding and support to members of marginalized groups to design a project by and for their community. Among the first three projects was Black Women Coping in Cleveland, an anthology created by our spring 2021 intern Dr. Tisha Carter in response to to the deeply disturbing 2020 study by CityLab that found the outcomes for Black women living in Cleveland to be the worst overall in the country in terms of health, education, and economics.

This year, Literary Cleveland and Dr. Carter have partnered with the MLK Branch of Cleveland Public Library to build on the original Amplify Project by offering free, expanded programming under the name Black Women Coping in Community (BWCC).

Black Women Coping in Community is a series of four free in-person programs open to the public and intended for participants to come together, share your experiences, and speak truth to power in ways that may create more positive outcomes for the city. Scroll down to see details for all four programs.

The events for Black Women Coping Community will be held at Cleveland Public Library - Martin L. King, Jr., 1962 Stokes Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Cleveland Public Library - Martin L. King, Jr. Branch

1962 Stokes Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106.

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