PubliCalendar: Project Unspeakable Revisits Civil Rights Era Assassinations

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Atoosa Moinzadeh February 20, 2015

For Today

Meaningful Movies: Project Unspeakable

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, as well as its own 12th anniversary, Meaningful Movies will be hosting selected sections of Project Unspeakable.

The play, written by Court Dorsey, Stephen Wangh, and Debbie Lynangale, examines the cultural response surrounding the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, JFK, and Robert Kennedy. The play is comprised largely of quotes from historical figures, curated to energize the audience into asking more about what was really behind the murders of these men.

Meaningful Movies' production of Project Unspeakable will also include historical video segments, followed by a community discussion.

Meaningful Movies: 'Project Unspeakable,' Fri, Feb 20, 7pm, Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Free

For Saturday

Visioning Creative Resistance 2: Art Responding to #BlackLivesMatter

Visioning Creative Resistance began in December as a call to black and POC multimedia artists in support of #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackFriday, and #ShutItDown to engage in a larger dialogue. For the second in this series of community forums, artists were asked to respond to state violence, black identity, and themes of personal safety and humanity.

"Our last event had an amazing collection of young voices that had not been heard before, and the excitement around a community-created event that came together in a holistic and natural way was very powerful," says activist and founder of Voices Rising Seattle Storme Webber. 

Presented by Webber with support from the mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the agenda includes live mural making, spoken word performances, plus blues improv and DJ sets. And there's more attractions TBA, so it's likely the evening will be packed with contemporary artistic takes.

"If we're working to create a greater human environment for us all, we have to have joy," Webber says. 

Visioning Creative Resistance 2: Black and POC Artists in Call and Response with #BlackLivesMatter, Sat, Feb 21, 8pm, 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave, Suggested donation $5–$25

For Monday

Cowlitz Authors Share Narratives on Native Identity

Authors Christine Dupres and Elissa Washuta are discussing their recently published books on Monday evening—both centered on exploring and affirming their narratives as Cowlitz, a southwestern Coast Salish indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. Dupres's Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity asks a critical question: "Without a recognized reservation or homeland, what keeps an Indian tribe together?" while Washuta's My Body Is a Book of Rules narrates her ascent into adulthood and the fundamental questions of identity that arose in the process.

In light of a recent federal decision to grant land and casino rights to the Cowlitz Tribe in Southern Washington, their commentaries and works are both timely and central to an ongoing process of preserving indigenous identity, culture, and storytelling.  

Christine Dupres and Elissa Washuta, Mon, Feb 23, 7pm, Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Free

Advance Notice for February 27

Queering Justice: Examining the Criminalization of LGBTQ Communities  

In partnership with the UW School of Law’s annual Diversity Week series, a panel of activists, artists, and attorneys are gathering to discuss the ways in which LGBTQ folk are policed and criminalized in our justice system. With police misconduct on the rise at home and nationally, Queering Justice’s discussion on discrimination in housing, health care, and more during incarceration is timely.

Along with coauthor of “Queer (In)Justice” Andrea Ritchie’s keynote speech, the “unapologetically infinite” Donté "Da Queen" Johnson will perform spoken word. And attorneys Jenni Wong and Adrien Leavitt will talk about their policy and advocacy work for the advancement of queer and trans justice. 

Refreshments will be provided throughout the packed four-hour series. Attendees are encouraged to register to ensure a seat.  

Queering Justice: Examining the Criminalization of LGBTQ Communities Fri, Feb 27, 12:30pm, UW Law School Room 127, 4293 Memorial Way, Free with registration

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