Our Discussions Around the Kitchen Table were fantastic. Our facilitators led us in the discussions on : What worked back in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s and how we can use what worked then in today’s fight. What did not work then and how we can improve upon it now. What steps can we take now?
DECEMBER 2nd – Kitchen Table Talk
The December 2nd Kitchen Table Talks, in the voices of some of those attending: “very empowering, great conversions and ideas, and nourishing.”
Hisani Lillie-Blanton is a community activist and a public health professional with more than 30 years of experience working on health and health care access issues facing vulnerable populations. As a member of several political organizations during the 70’s and 80’s, she was engaged in many national and international movements for social justice. The 1979 murder of five young activists, one of whom she knew personally, by the Klan and Nazis in Greensboro N.C. was a defining moment in her life.
She and her husband have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.
DECEMBER 9th – Kitchen Table Talk
Niani Kilkenny is a veteran Black community, anti-racist and anti-imperialist political activist and organizer. She was in the leadership of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Anti-Racist Organizing Committee (NAROC), co-coordinator of the Metro Washington chapter of the National Anti-Klan Networkk, and member of both the Southern Africa News Collective (SANC), and the Southern Africa Support Project (SASP).
A graduate of the Howard University School of Business and Public Administration, Kilkenny has been Director of the Program in African American Culture [PAAC] at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (1992 – 2003); Coordinator of that program under the direction of its founder, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (1982 – 1992); and public affairs director of WHUR-FM, Howard University Radio (1974-1981).
Ms. Kilkenny, a third-generation Washingtonian, lives in the Shaw area of the city. She has three adult children, three adult granddaughters, and four great-grandsons who are the reasons she still fights.
DECEMBER 30th – Kitchen Table Talk. “
“On Saturday I spoke along with Detra Dorsey on the black movement in the past and the lessons we can apply today that was sponsored by the African American Women’s Resource Center. It was a wonderful discussion, and it was a joy to share my experiences in the movement over the past 46 years — and have it received so well. It was also a reminder of how we activists can be so “busy” we neglect to tend to our needs. In particular I wish that I had made the time to attend the previous Kitchen Table Talks because it is so empowering to be among like women sharing our experiences, our concerns, lessons learned. Join African American Women’s Resource Center and Cassandra Burton in these discussions and important work. The next one is Jan. 6. Also spread the world about the oratorical contest for teenaged girls. www.aawrc.org.“
Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo is passionate about cooperatives as a community economic development tool and lifestyle strategy. She has an MBA and a Masters in Community Economic Development. She is a co-founder of the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Cooperative, an affordable housing cooperative in Washington, DC. She was a founding board member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is a long-time member of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. Ajowa has a wide range of experiences on various boards. She also has a passion for working around internalized superiority/inferiority issues. She brings over 50 years of personal life experiences to her passion for helping to create economics and ventures that benefit people and communities and detract from their development.
Detra Jumoke Dorsey is a native Washingtonian. She grew up in Deanwood during the era when it was a close-knit protective community. She graduated with a paralegal degree from UDC and is currently a real estate investor.
She was a member of the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) in the early to mid 70’s in their Work-Study Program. Sister Dorsey studied the teachings of many scholars, including Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (Afrocentric psychiatrist) who wrote “The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism White Supremacy; Yosef Ben-Jochannon (Doc Ben) a prominent Afrocentric scholar – African Origins of Major Western Religions; John Henrik Clark, African American historian, professor and pioneer in the creation of Pan-African studies; The Honorable Louis Farrakhan with the Nation of Islam; Tony Browder, African American Egyptologist who wrote and lecture on “Nile Valley Contribution to Civilization”.
After the 1968, riots she worked with the United Planning Organization (UPO). In the late 70’s she moved to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, where she met, fell in love with and married a Pan-African Reggae singer and drummer in the Descendants band from the island of Dominica. They now live in Maryland.
JANUARY 6th – Kitchen Table Talk
Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Human Services, specializing in non-profit management. She holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Paralegal program.
Dr. Woody has been an advocate for women, people of color and LGBT/SGL issues for more than 20 years. She is currently working as a diversity and inclusion consultant in the field of health, aging and issues affecting the LGBTQ/SGL and people of color communities. Dr. Woody was also the former Chair and Program Executive for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Metro DC (an organization serving LGBT elders). She also founded the Celebration of Live, which honored the works and life of women throughout the DC metropolitan area. She lives with her wife of sixteen years in Brookland, Washington, DC.