BLMS 2021 Call for Proposals

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Black and Latino Male Summit 2021 Call for Proposals

Mending Our Past and Present to Forge a Brighter Future

Sponsored by:
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) & La Casa Cultural Latina

Summit Details:

Date: Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual event held over Zoom Webinar


     Circumstance, like matter, is neither created nor destroyed: it is simply shaped differently as time progresses and society changes. In recent times, there have been both political and systemic factors that have emphasized the struggles our communities have faced and the necessity of change. It is because of this the theme for the 2021 Black and Latinx Men’s Summit (BLMS) is Mending our Past and Present to Forge a Brighter FutureThis theme is understanding of the traumas that communities of color in the United States have faced both historically and contemporarily. It is also cognizant of the strides we are taking each day to heal our wounds and better prepare us for the next change in our circumstances. By creating this space, we hope others will join us in exploring the landscape of our communities and finding ways to make us stronger as a collective. 


Discussion – A dialogue facilitated by the presenter(s)

Workshop – A presentation combined with an activity or series of activities surrounding the presentation topic

Panel – A group of two or more panelist engaging in a discussion amongst each other and the audience

Summit Sub-themes:

  • ENVIRONMENT: This sub theme examines ways in which we navigate our environments as black and brown men. Black and Brown communities have historically faced environmental challenges such as pollution, food insecurity, and disadvantaged infrastructure. These are issues that greatly emphasize other disparities which put these communities at a disadvantage. Creating more discourse and mending these problems can promote healthy healing for those affected.


  • CURRENT EVENTS: The world was shaken up by 2020 and surprises may still be around the corner. Taking a look back at the recent events of 2020 and 2021, we’ll assess how they impacted us on a personal and global level. Notable current events that may be discussed include, but aren't limited to, COVID-19, online learning, presidential transition, and the BLM protests. Observing these events from a cultural lens, how have these recent events specifically impacted Black and Latinx communities?


  • POSITIONALITY: This theme will look at similarities and differences as well as individual and communal positionalities of Black and Latinx communities. We hope to address how learning about both our similarities and differences can allow our communities to connect on a deeper level of understanding and create bridges in tackling issues of gender, sexuality, patriarchy, anti-blackness, xenophobia, priviledge, and power. We will look at how we can reflect on our positionalities in order to better support our communities with all levels of oppression. 


  • IDENTITY: This theme will explore the intersectionality between Black and Latino identity and emphasize the need for unity between the two communities. While they manifest differently, the struggles each respective community faces belong to the same systems of oppression, and people who are a member of both communities bear the brunt of both struggles. We will explore the way that our struggles for equality in society are linked, look at historical examples of unity between the two communities, and theorize ways to further unify our communities to work together going forward.


  • INTERSECTIONALITY: This theme explores how multiple marginalized identities can intersect, dictate social outcomes, and subject certain groups to unique forms of violence and oppression. How do intersecting identities make life harder for certain members of our community, such as Afro-Latinxs, queer people of color, and trans people of color? In addressing the differences in our experiences, we can reflect on our own identities and work together to support those belonging to the most marginal groups. 


  • WILDCARD: This area gives presenters the chance to cover any topic or issue relevant to the identities of Black and Latinx men that fall outside of the aforementioned categories.







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