THE HUMAN ROOT 2nd Year Anniversary
Gratitude Dinner April 2018
HONORING COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
New Space! New Staff! New Look!
SAME MISSION! .
"It was a night full of intention. Our founder, Anyanwu was very deliberate in how she crafted this night of celebration. From choosing one of her favorite deejays, DJ P.U.D.G.E. (@pudgemental), who kept us vibing smooth the entire night; to the chef, Vander Carter, of Jest Green (@jestgreen), who knew where all his ingredients came from when creating our beautiful seated dinner. What’s special about Chef Vander and Anyanwu’s connection is that they are both recipients of the PowerUp! award—geared to help entrepreneurs cultivate their vision and have those visions funded. Throughout the night, Anyanwu talked repeatedly about how she chooses folks to work alongside her who are just as driven as she is. Just as deliberate and intentional. People who really aren’t afraid to give space and time to acknowledge and really see the people in front of them; and when the fear does exist, it is acknowledged. Chef Vander really put love, truth, intention, and tenderness into the meal we shared for the night. A meal that told a tiny tidbit to the story of Anyanwu’s Jamaican family history." - Rahel Ellis
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR @ahigginbooks!!!
Not My Idea, the latest in the critically-acclaimed Ordinary Terrible Things series, is a book about whiteness. A white child sees TV news coverage of a white police officer shooting a brown person whose hands were up. Upset, he asks his mother why; she deflects, assuring him that he is safe. Later, they visit an aunt and uncle, where the TV, always on, shows a rally in response to the police shooting. The child glimpses a moving press conference with the victim's family while his aunt claims she simply "can't watch the news." The book's narrator accompanies the child as he faces history and himself. The activities section urges kids to grow justice ("like a bean sprout in a milk carton") inside of themselves, seek out and listen to the truth about racism and white supremacy, and prepare to be changed, heartbroken, and liberated by this experience.