Womanism and African Worldview: New Insights on the Most Challenging Issue and the Betterment of the World

Jul 1, 2020 | Community, Race Unity, Social Justice, Spirituality, Videos, Womanism

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., has made a career exploring how Black women from around the world enact the African worldview in their social and environmental change endeavors. In her two books, The Womanist Reader (2006) and The Womanist Idea (2012), she distills key elements of womanist praxis, most notably, spiritual activism and spiritual movement, and discusses what global movements and the global social change community have to gain from engaging more deeply with Africana women and their ways of being in the world. In this discussion, we will explore together how womanism gives us new ways to think about the Most Challenging Issue (the unity between the black and white in America) and the betterment of the world—two of the most important mandates in the Bahá’í Faith.

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, a women- and gender-focused research and action institute at Wellesley College, where she is also Professor and Chair of the Africana Studies Department.

This video is part of the Pupil of the Eye Art Series which includes online dialogues spaces, artist videos, and an online gallery space. Parts of the series will be released over the course of the month of July.

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