Conversations in Community: Ea, Wakanda: Visualizing Black and Hawai‘i Futures

As part of our series of events for Black History / Black Futures Month 2018, we hosted a special panel conversation at the Arts at Mark's Garage in Honolulu's Chinatown Arts District.

Ea, Wakanda: Visualizing Black and Hawaiʻi Futures utilizes the themes and visuals of Marvel Studios's Black Panther to frame a conversation exploring the place and promise of futurism in communities of color, the power of collective imagination and artmaking, and the potential for exchange among the once colonized. This conversation centers the histories, struggles, and collective futures of the people of Hawaiʻi and the African diaspora.

Noelani Goodyear-Ka’ōpua is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses on Indigenous and Native Hawaiian politics, with an emphasis on education, social movements, Indigenous resurgence, and Indigenous futures. Her writing and research work is one aspect of a lifetime commitment to aloha ʻāina.

Prentis Hemphill is a healer, Somatics practitioner, teacher, writer and organizer who works at the intersections of healing and justice. As the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter, Prentis committed to supporting and nurturing the brilliant strategies of organizers and healers to address trauma, move through conflict and center wholeness in the BLM network and in the broader movement for Black freedom and liberation.

David A.M. Goldberg is a writer, teacher, programmer and media developer who has used a lifelong interest in art, culture and technology to transform the means by which people access, assess and organize knowledge. Currently he writes art and culture pieces for the Honolulu Star Advertiser, programs and manages local and mainland web development projects, teaches in the department of American Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and independently develops curriculum.

Moderated by Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director of The Pōpolo Project.

The Pōpolo Project: Documenting the Black Experience in Hawaiʻi (Hawai‘i Public Radio)

Black people have a long history in Hawai’i dating back to the 19th century. The state’s more than 21,000 blacks make up a little over 3 percent of the population. That compares to a national average of 13 percent and ranks Hawai’i 39th among all state in the percentage of its population that is black. These numbers are just one reason for such a unique experience for black cultures here in Hawai’i. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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