The Conversation is asking for your donation to support the filming of our inaugural 2016 tour. We are hosting a week-long tour of 3 states: Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. 17 writers from varying places in the spectrum of Blackness and various birth cities, are coming down to Oxford, Mississippi and will continue with us as we move Southeast to Tuscaloosa, ending in New Orleans. This year the conversation will occur October 16th - 22nd. We cordially invite you attend any of the events happening along the tour in October, and especially ask you to join us in New Orleans for the larger conversation. The total cost of filming, and documentary editing is $10,000. With your help The Conversation will not go undocumented.
In our culture of state sanctioned violence, we at The Conversation are insisting on Black life and creation. We, the co-founders of The Conversation, discussed how such an event must be meticulously documented. Noting the barron archival of black migration in textbooks and various historical & literary canons, our insistence on documentation is an insistence against erasure. Just as The Great Migration was not documented with a lens for significant historical change & forgotten until Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, so would this reverse-migration go unremembered, only to the detriment of our diasporic culture, our collective inheritance.
Aziza Barnes & Nabila Lovelace The Conversation Co-Founders