AWI Voices With Impact presents: Beyond the Myths

From the “magical negro” to the “natural talent” of Black athletes, myths about superhuman strength of Black people has pervaded multiple aspects of the cultural zeitgeist. Historically, these “positive” stereotypes have led to truly atrocious human rights violations including surgery without anaesthesia on Black bodies, higher maternal mortality rates in childbirth, and more. In this session filmmakers Campbell X and Fan Sissoko explore some of the realities of living in a Black body in the face of a culture that perpetuates stereotypes as truths.

Watch the screen recording below, or download it here.

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance

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Date:June 24, 2021
Time:10:00 am - 11:30 am

Workshop Evaluation

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“[I’ll use what I learned today to] do better work in my local and global community.” "
-Session Attendee


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