The Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice We are a nation of storytellers with a narrative quilt connecting our lives, our shared pain, and our struggles. As a nation, we are stronger together, but decades of racial injustice, social inequity, and systemic acts of violence against the Black and Brown community have separated us. Throughout history, there have been moments of awakening where we have taken up these broader questions and attempted to settle them; but, we have found that moments can only lead to movements when there is an infrastructure in place to support operationalizing the work. We are in the midst of one of those moments, and The Institute will be a place to house the research, train our students, and operationalize the movement for racial and social justice. Our goal is to tell the stories that led us to this moment and capture the stories that are currently being told. Some of these stories are not new; indeed, America has a long and complicated history of wrestling with the questions of racism and white supremacy. As an institution, Loyola has long been committed to addressing these difficult questions and providing opportunities to implement solutions.
This was started in 1997 in Baltimore, Maryland, created by Mama Kay Lawal-Muhammad, Mama Nata'aska Hasan Hummingbird, and Mama Rashida FormanBey. The main message of WombWorks is that "all life comes from the womb". The dances and productions that they perform is usually a fight for a social change and empowerment. WombWorks is structured on virtues, and their other motto is “We learn mathematics formulas in school and use those principles to balance equations. We learn the virtues as a formula to balance life.”
For more information on WombWork Production check out their website: www.wombwork.com
QueenEarth is a singer/songwriter as well as a creative professional. To encourage social justice and arts education she performs her music and combined her passions to create courses, programs, and events. QueenEarth finds the greatest joy when she can bring her experience together for education, music, and creativity. www.queenearth.com
Rev. Dr. Herber Brown III
Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Brown has been a catalyst for personal transformation and social change. He is the Founding Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School. Further, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which combats food insecurity by helping historic African American congregations establish or expand gardens on church-owned land.