The 2021 Black Muslim Psychology Conference (BMPC) explores the Black Muslim imagination as a site of what scholar Robin D.G. Kelley has called “freedom dreams”: those imaginative spaces of creativity and cultural expression that create “maps of the future, of the world not yet born”. We will acknowledge our collective desire to gather together, hold space for one another, and process all that we have experienced; while also lifting up our deeply felt aspirations and hopes for our future. For BMPC2021, Muslim Wellness Foundation is proud to collaborate with Bayan Islamic Graduate School and Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS).
There are three (3) ways YOU can join this BMPC2021 journey:
August 20, 2021 | 6:30pmEST
During this month of Black August, focused on solidarity and struggle - we are launching BMPC2021 Virtual Conference: Black Muslim Freedom Dreams. August 20 marks the eve of the beginning of Nat Turner’s rebellion in 1831. We commemorate this date as a pathway to exploring our own rebellion against the oppressive reality of what IS, and an invitation to bravely imagine the freedom that COULD BE for Black Muslims in the United States. BMPC2021 explores the Black Muslim Imagination as a site of what scholar Robin D.G. Kelley has called “freedom dreams”: those imaginative spaces of creativity and cultural expression that create “maps of the future, of the world not yet born.” This webinar opens our virtual conference and invites community members to join us for a discussion on freedom dreams, liberation, Afrofuturism, and the “world not yet born”.
Panelists: Dr. Donna Auston, Safiyah Cheatam, Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant, Dr. Rasul Miller | Moderator: Dr. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad
10 WEEK INTENSIVE
August 20, 2021 - November 12, 2021
Imagine the year 2041, you are thriving in a Black Muslim community in which every person is valued, appreciated and cared for with compassion and respect. You have been an integral part of organizing and leading this effort. What do you love about this community? What are you most proud of? What brings you joy? What might it require for us to dream, design, and sustain - this world not yet born?
The Black Muslim Freedom Dreams Intensive is an interactive, multi-media experiential journey - delving deeply, thoughtfully and intentionally into the important questions of imagination, healing, hope and liberation. This intensive will include virtual lectures, panel discussions, small workshops and more. Our hope is that our dialogue will expand our hearts and minds on (post-pandemic) healing, reparation of harm, social justice, collective well-being and leadership.
*Continuing Education Units [CEUs] available via Chicago Theological Seminary
FALL 2021 COURSE
September 7, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Course Title & Description:
A World Not Yet Born: Intentional Community Building and Radical Healing In/Through the Black Muslim Imagination
Through this course, students will utilize the strengths-based positive psychology model of Appreciative Inquiry (Ai) as the framework from which to bridge theory and praxis - an interdisciplinary examination of the steps required to build and sustain a healthy community. Students will be required to register for the 2021 Black Muslim Psychology Conference Fall Intensive: A Journey Beyond - Black Muslim Freedom Dreamsas well as participate in facilitated virtual/synchronous discussions as a cohort with instructor Dr Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad.
*Fully online graduate level 3 credit course [135 hours]. Open to matriculated Bayan and Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) graduate students; audit and distance scholar [nonBayan/CTS students] options available.
Tuition/Fees: 3 credit course