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Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice (BWPSJ) was founded in 2024 to publish work by Black writers, provide skill-building learning experiences for Black writers and offer administrative training and services for literary organizations intent on creating a writing and public engagement practice founded in tenets of peace and social justice.

BLACK WRITERS
FOR PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

RECOGNIZING THAT SILENCE IS VIOLENCE

Upcoming Learning Experiences for Youth

Media Literacy

Students will learn how to critically analyze media messages, identify biases, and understand the impact of media on society.

Activism & Advocacy

Through workshops and discussions, students will explore different forms of activism and advocacy, learning how to use media to raise awareness, mobilize communities, and effect positive change.

Collaboration

Students will collaborate with their peers to develop media projects that address specific social justice issues, working together to plan, create, and share their work with the wider community.


About BWPSJ

What

Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice (BWPSJ) was founded in 2024 to publish work by Black writers, provide skill-building learning experiences for Black writers and offer administrative training and services for literary organizations intent on creating a writing and public engagement practice founded in tenets of peace and social justice.

Why

Through collective action, Black writers can advocate for systemic change and influence public discourse on issues of peace and social justice. By leveraging our collective influence, we can impact the push for policies and practices that promote equality and fairness.

Who

We are Black professional writers of diverse genres who provide learning experiences for Black writers who write any genre-- from journalism and creative fiction to poetry and memoir. We also provide training and adminstrative services to literary organizations that serve Black writers.
 

We are Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice, pushing back against false narratives and harmful actions that oppress and subjugate groups of people.
We support writers and literary organizations that support Black writers.

Learning Experiences & Opportunities for Adults

Poets in the Park (MONTHLY)

MAY-SEPTEMBER, 2024

From May to September, immerse yourself in two hours of "quiet hours" designed for uninterrupted writing and reading in the company of fellow writers.
 

Each month, gather in a different county park, including Fort Washington Park, Cosca Park, Allen Pond Park, National Harbor, and Watkins Park, to find inspiration in nature and connect with local writers.


Overview:
Enjoy a brief introduction and writing prompt led by guest poets, followed by ample time for personal reflection and creation. Respect for fellow participants' focus is paramount, so bring your headphones and embrace the tranquil atmosphere.
 


Writing for Liberation Workshop
JUNE 23, 2024

In a world where the act of creation can be both a personal and political declaration, "Writing for Liberation" emerges as not just a workshop, but a journey towards self-discovery and societal change. Facilitated by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, the 2023-2026 Poet Laureate of Prince George County, Maryland, this 60-minute workshop aims to heal and liberate the inner muse of each participant, connecting their work to the broader practice of liberation through guided exercises rooted in expressive writing and reflective practice.

This learning experience is in-person, taking place at the Mahogany Books located at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Overview:

Through guided writing exercises, participants will learn how to weave themes of liberation and social justice into their work, making their writing a powerful tool for change.  This workshop will serve as a stepping stone, encouraging participants to connect with fellow writers who share a vision for writing as a liberative practice.

Write, Reiki & Relaxation Retreat for Women 40+

SEPTEMBER 6-8, 2024

Escape to serenity and unleash your creativity at the "Write, Reiki, and Relaxation" weekend retreat with Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, MD. Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, this overnight retreat promises a rejuvenating experience for the mind, body, and soul. Immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings of a beautiful residence overlooking the majestic mountains, where you'll find inspiration at every turn.

Space is limited, so apply for your spot today and embark on a journey of self-discovery, inspiration, and relaxation at the "Write, Reiki, and Relaxation" weekend retreat. This weekend retreat is for women who are 40 years-old and older. 


Join us in creating a platform that not only showcases literary
excellence but also inspires and galvanizes action toward a
more just and equitable world. We look forward to reading your
work and sharing it with our global audience.


Black Writers Who Paved the Way

Understanding the legacy of Black people writing for peace and social justice is crucial for several reasons.

First, it provides a sense of empowerment and pride in one's heritage and contributions to social movements.

By learning about Black writers who have championed peace and social justice throughout history, individuals gain a deeper understanding of their own potential to effect change and contribute positively to society.

 

Secondly, it serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength of the Black community in the face of adversity. Despite facing systemic oppression and marginalization, Black writers have used their voices to challenge injustice, inspire activism, and advocate for equality.

Finally, knowing this legacy helps to counteract historical erasure and misinformation, ensuring that the contributions of Black writers to the fight for peace and social justice are recognized and celebrated. By acknowledging and honoring this legacy, we can continue to learn from the past and work towards a more equitable and just future for all.


Our 5 Tenets of Peace & Social Justice


Become familiar with our 5 Tenets of Peace & Social Justice which are foundational to our programming.