Dispatch #32: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Leymah Gbowee gave the opening plenary address at the European Association of International Education Conference in Nantes, France on 16 September 2010. The documentary Pray The Devil Back To Hell screened on 9/17/10 and afterwards Gbowee participated in the Q & A.
You could have heard a PIN DROP in a screening room with a seating capacity of 400+ when Gbowee challenged audience members not to be passive voyuers sitting in ivory towers pontificating and theorizing on African women’s liberation struggles. Mind you now this was at the preeminent conference for international education professionals and educators in Europe.
The moderator became visibly agitated!
Afterwards an associate of mine a Jewish white woman in her early 60’s, senior administrator & scholar, commented to me that as practicing Buddhist she was glad for the opportunity to examine her own stuff and welcomed Gvowee’s challenge.
I was so glad to be in her company because we sat for a while to decompress and talk. Interestingly she shared with me her own experience with sensations of spirit movements in Nante, similar what resonated as racial memory for me. I had not shared with her my experience she volunteered the information in the course of our conversation.
I live for moments like these…lessons in FEARLESSNESS and SOLIDARITY!
17/9/2010 Nantes, France