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Resistance+Faith+Art: Race and Sexuality Summit

A daylong teach-in that centers experiences of black and brown people on issues of human sexuality, faith, and emerging models of activism and organizing.

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About the Summit

Join us for Resistance+Faith+Art: Race and Sexuality Summit—a daylong teach-in as we address issues of human sexuality, Black faith, and emerging models of activism and organizing.

We want to make this conference as accessible as possible and will be providing accessibility information soon. If you have accessibility needs (including food needs), please fill out this form, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

This daylong convening will:

  • Equip participants with new language to engage in healthy conversations about sexuality, gender, race, and faith.

  • Support participants in developing practices to address racial and sexual injustices in their private lives and the public sphere.

  • Grow community leaders who are able to articulate the inextricably linked connections between faith, sexuality, and race.


Art as Resistance

With artist-in-residence and Fisk alum, Arjae Thompson, participants will explore creative ways to examine racialized and sexualized injustices, envision ways to resist, and faithfully re-imagine a world of limitless possibility. This track will explore our creativity using the power of visual art and the spoken word. Participants will exchange experiences and connect build connections through artistic expression and form while expanding their own creative prospective in the process. Together we will look into ourselves to communicate personal ideas on the intersection of race, sexuality, and faith. 

Bound Together

Through the skills of writing and illustration, participants turn pieces of original poetry into illustrations using watercolor and inking techniques.  The aim for this  first session is to illustrate our connectedness in our navigation of our identities in the greater human family, and how our philosophies have been shaped by society and vis-a-versa.

Queer Icons

Drawing on the artist’s Catholic history and upbringing, the final portion of the workshop will focus on creating Queer Icon-- works of art designed to honor those who inspired, influenced, or were pivotal in our understanding of identities as it relates to the intersection of race and sexuality. Whether close family members, historic figures, ancestors, an event or moment, etc, participants will asked to acknowledge the wisdom, sacrifices, and impact of the people most “iconic” in their lives.

If participants are uncomfortable with depicting “graven images” for this purpose, they are more than welcome to use text by writing a quote, poem, prayer, list, or mantra

Black Faith as Resource

Participants will explore how the faith practices, spiritual life and religious traditions of Black people are resources for addressing gender-based violence, as well, sexual and racial oppression and injustice. Participants will be given tools and language to name their racialized and sexualized realities and respond in ways that bring about liberation, transformation, and justice.

Presenter: Rev. Shantell Hinton

Title: Maker Space: From Misogynoir to #MeToo

Description: In an effort to design new narratives and create liberative spaces as alternatives to narrow readings of Biblical text and cultural norms, this session will read the Biblical passages that have been historically interpreted in dangerous ways, analyze the ways narrow interpretations are animated in contemporary culture, and work collaboratively in re-thinking future realities to reclaim those most affected by gender-based violence. This session will interweave Design Thinking, public theology, and art.

Presenter: D. J. Hudson

Title: God Love All Them Feelings”: Spiritual Reclamation Work for Black Queer Folk


Oh, she say. God love all them feelings. That’s some of the best stuff God did. And when you know God loves 'em you enjoys 'em a lot more. You can just relax, go with everything that’s going, and praise God by liking what you like.”

In Alice Walker’s novel the Color Purple, Shug Avery puts forth a radical theological perspective: what if God looks upon the bodies, desires, and relationships of Black queer folks with loving affirmation...and not, as we are often told, damning disapproval?  This workshop introduces womanist theology as a framework for reclaiming our spiritual lives. We will approach The Color Purple and our own experiences as sacred texts, exploring the hard work of disentangling shame and oppression from belief, identity, and desire.

Presenter: Joseph Tribble

Title: Masculinity and Praise: Reclaiming Black Expressions of Faith

Description: Emotionally charged expressions of song and dance have been fundamental to black expressions of faith prior to contact with European/white American Christianity. Dance and song allowed all Black people, regardless of gender, to interact with the divine and enter liminal space where spirit dwelled. Most Black people, ultimately, found an outlet for pre-existing ideas of worship and praise within the syncretized religion of slave Christianity. Today, it is common within Black Christianity that the most “masculine” men do not and cannot express their faith with emotionally charged responses like dance and song. This concept of masculinity and praise undercuts black male ability to fellowship with God in ways that are culturally and spiritually indigenous. This workshop reclaims dance, song, and other “emotional” expressions of worship and praise by reconstituting Black Christian masculinity.

Organizing for Change

With the ever-changing political climate, how we respond, organize and resist racial and sexual oppression must also change. This tracks will attend to the ways gender, sexuality, faith, race, and class inform our current successes and struggles for social change. Participants will learn from local activist and organizers about the work being done to reclaim bodily autonomy, resist personal and systematic violence, and reimagine liberation and freedom.

Presenter: Jayanni Webster

Title: Gendered Exploitation & Erasure: It's not us, it's Capitalism! 

Description: In this current social and political moment, we are witnessing the landscape of U.S. politics upended by gender oppressed people and their movements for justice. From public awareness and organizing to improve the lives of trans people to the mass mobilizations of cis women saying #metoo. Gender oppressed people are forcing existing cultural and political systems to change. It is not without backlash, however. In such a genderful and gender justice-fueled moment, gender-based violence, sexist exploitation and erasure still dominate the majority of our lives, especially that of the poor & people of color. Our work & demands have won specific and important victories but have yet to create the mass power we need. It's not us though. It's capitalism! ​Challenging capitalism​ ​while​ we organize against patriarchy and white-supremacy is essential to transforming our society for all. ​This session is dedicated to digging deeper into why ending patriarchy and white supremacy is also a call to end capitalism. 

Presenter: Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Title: Writing Radical Resistance: Online Activism 101

Description: Online activist spaces are still somewhat new to a lot of us, and it’s not just all about creating catchy social media hashtags and graphics. There is a lot of intentionality involved. In this session, I want to give you all my tips and secrets for doing what I have been able to do with Latina Rebels and my own writing online. You should leave this session knowing that this work is deeply satisfying and worth the effort.


Presenter: Briana Perry

Title: Black Feminism: A Strategy to Liberation

“If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all systems of oppression.”---Combahee River Collective, 1977

Black feminism, an identity and political analysis, is grounded in intersectionality and the interlocking oppressions of marginalized groups of people, especially gender oppressed people. While it formally emerged as a concept during “third wave feminism” around the mid-1970s, Black women have always been vocal about their “double burden” due to the intersection of race and gender (and overtime, class and sexualities). While they might not have described themselves as Black feminists prior to the emergence of “third wave feminism,” Black women worked tirelessly to shed light on their unique experiences in both the movements for racial justice and women’s liberation. This workshop will explore the history of Black feminism and Black feminist theory in the United States, identity politics, and examine the key tenets of the reproductive justice framework and how Black feminism informed its development. Additionally, this workshop will offer ways that Black feminism has been used/can be used as a strategy for organizing around social justice issues.



SATURDAY October 27, 2018

Park-Johnson Hall

8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast + Registration

9:00 am- 9: 45 am Welcome and Framing the Day

10:00 am – 11:00 am Workshop I

11:15-Noon-- Special Performances:

Film Screening of  Mama Can We Talk

DJ Set: Amaryah "underthought" Armstrong

Noon -1:15 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop II

2:45 pm-3:45 pm Workshop III

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Workshop Report Back + Generative Closing

We want to make this conference as accessible as possible and will be providing accessibility information soon. If you have accessibility needs (including food needs), please fill out this form, and we will do our best to accommodate them.





Fisk University Gender Studies Department
Fisk University Psychology Club
Fisk University Galleries
Black Lives Matter-Nashville
Southerners on New Ground-Nashville (SONG)
Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions
Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture
Just Us at the Oasis Center
Healthy and Free TN
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt University
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center




shantelle Shantell Hinton is a native of Conway, Arkansas. She recently graduated with a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She also attended Vanderbilt University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Colorado State University for a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Controls and Robotics. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Society of Black Engineers. She has worked as a Process Control Engineer and as a Bible teacher for various organizations. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Shantell offers the gifts of creativity, insight, & pastoral care. She enjoys writing, coloring, and sci-fi. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Chaplain at Vanderbilt University. Shantell also serves as the Founder and Curator of The Kaleidoscope Project, a public theology collaborative connecting people’s stories to the narrative of God and bridging the gap between the Church and people of faith.

djD. J. Hudson is a Black, queer, nonbinary librarian by day, community organizer by night. D. J. is a graduate of Fisk University (℅ 2010) and graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School. A life-long student of history, they are curious about the ways that oppressed people understand and heal from trauma while actively resisting their oppressors. In particular, D. J. is proud to be a part of Soulforce’s spiritual reclamation work: empowering LGBTQ+ people of faith and those who have left their faith traditions to reclaim theology and biblical interpretation as tools for liberation, rather than weapons of rejection and harm.



ArJae is a Nashville based creative and current graduating senior at Fisk University. Within four years of living in the Music City, their resume has encompassed multiple realms of creative interests stemming from branding and graphic design to social activism and public art. As co-founder of the Norf Art Collective, they’ve been focusing on preserving, serving, and curating space as it relates to neighborhood identity, it’s peoples and its relationship with a developing city. Additionally, ArJae has curated gallery spaces, conducted workshops, developed art enrichment programs, organized community outreach initiatives, while building a body of work lauded in various media outlets, including the Nashville Scene. 

PriscaPrisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez was born in Managua, Nicaragua but calls Nashville home.  The bulk of her work is around making accessible, through story telling and curating content, the theories and heavy material that is oftentimes only taught in the racist/classist institutions known as academia. To date she has published over 200 articles online and participated in the YA anthology "Nevertheless, We Persisted." She started the platform Latina Rebels in 2013, and currently it boasts over 200k organic followers online.


JayanniJayanni Webster is a labor organizer from Memphis, TN. She serves as the West TN Organizer for United Campus Workers, a union for higher education employees. Prior to that she was a communications & community organizer for the Fight for $15 campaign. Her praxis pulls from the traditions of radical Black feminism, popular education and mass line organizing.




BrianaBriana Perry is the Co-Director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, a statewide coalition that works to promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom in the state. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2013, where she majored in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. While an undergraduate, Briana developed a passion for feminism and community organizing, particularly around issues that disproportionately affect Black women. Before obtaining her master’s degree in 2016, she taught English, science, and social studies for two years in her hometown, Memphis. While teaching, she was also involved in organizing efforts around reproductive health, sexual assault awareness, and racial justice. Briana currently serves on the coordinating committee for the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter.  In her free time, she enjoys writing, traveling, food, and going to concerts.


Joe T

Joseph T.T. Tribble was born in Chicago, IL. Tribble a long time resident was reared in Nashville, TN. He is a proud graduate of Fisk University and Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School. He has been ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

He is currently Director of Facilities and Residence Life and an Instructor for Religious Studies. Tribble relishes in the opportunity to speak and preach in different venues to various audiences from the old to the young. As such he is speaker, preacher, teacher who has spoken in national conferences as well as local contexts. He has published sermons in the, “The African American Pulpit” and “The Spire.” He is also has written for the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and other web-based outlets. An avid reader, Tribble most appreciates reading that which he is able to approach holistically linking the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of the total person. The mantra of his life is found in II Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved.”

He is the proud husband to his best friend, the former Heather Brown. They have two children Kendi and Joseph, Jr.