“When we start to talk about trauma, usually we’re talking about something personally that happened to you, but I started to see the traumatic effects of white supremacy,” said Resmaa Menakem.
“We were telling stories from folks within the community and trying to figure out that balance of how do you honor someone’s story and interpret it in a way that is both public art and performance,” said poet Sagirah Shahid.
“There aren’t very many spaces for positive identities and contributions from African diaspora people to be centered and explored, and so we want this to be a place of exchange,” said Executive Director Anthony Galloway.
The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project, based in north Minneapolis, uses storytelling as a tool to spark conversations, reclaim historically invisible histories and connect the past to today’s issues within the Southeast Asian community.
Initiatives the MAP Caucus has already discussed and hopes to work on include immigration and deportation, education, health, the environment and agriculture.