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BlackLight Summit Keynote Speech: Still Here!

March 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Reflections on the American ideas … notions … beliefs … privileges of place, belonging and ownership through the lens of subjugation countered by acts of survival, resistance, urgency,  creativity and self-determinism.

A poetic-oration in tribute to past, present, and future Black, Brown and Indigenous people who made the American dream possible for everyone but themselves.

A short Q&A will follow Dr. Sherrod’s address.


This event is part of The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit. To interrogate this unique historical moment, the BlackLight Summit seeks to be a spark that ignites daring innovation and reveals the creativity within the dance ecosystem in America. The inaugural BlackLight Summit is a year-long dance initiative that investigates how time, people, possibility and hope can come together to examine legacy, citizenship and scholarship. The summit asks, through the practice of being socially responsible within the arts: How do we create traditions? How do we transform them into enduring legacies?

The peak of the BlackLight Summit is a virtual three-day convening that features roundtable conversations, movement labs and artistic presentations from BlackLight featured artists Micaela Taylor, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Candace Scarborough and Jamal Abrams. Our initiative aims to re-envision how dance can be a conduit to galvanize imagination, resilience, and inventiveness.

Register at go.umd.edu/blacklightsummit. For questions or assistance, contact blacklight-summit@umd.edu.


March 5, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm