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Becoming Gatekeepers of Our Truth

April 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Image for event: Panel Discussion: Becoming Gatekeepers of Our Truth  Dr. Jessica Jamese Williams gives a talk about “radical self love” followed by a panel discussion. Part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s birth. In person and virtual.

Registration is not required for the in-person event. To attend virtually register here.

“Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” — Paul Robeson.

Dr. Williams will be joined in conversation by Jakora Thompson, director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University, and Geralyn Williams, assistant director, student engagement and leadership, Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton University.

Jessica Jamese Williams, PhD is a Black feminist artist and educator dedicated to cultivating  authenticity as a means to empowerment. Following a decade-long career in higher education, Dr. J now works primarily as a client-proclaimed “discomfort doula.” Dr. J’s work often focuses on helping individuals and organizations process uncomfortable elements that are often barriers to connection, engagement, belonging and inclusion. Most notably, Dr. J contributed an essay, “Black Surrender Within the Ivory Tower,” to the New York Times best selling anthology, “You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame and the Black Experience.”

Presented in partnership with Paul Robeson House Princeton.

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April 8, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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