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Black Boy Joy
Hilltop Children's Center
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
"Black Boy Joy"

Saturday, Jan 16th, 2021

10:30am - 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time
1:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Facilitated by Amir Gilmore (he/him)

Location: Online! You'll receive a registration link the Thursday before the workshop.

Target Audience:
Child Care Center
Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)
Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver
Family Resource Coordinators
P-3 Educators
School-Aged Programs
Interested Professionals


What makes Black children joyful? Thats not something we typically ask.

Black Boy Joy is a social and spiritual practice of refusing systems of whiteness and white supremacy. It is saying no to the terms, codes, rules, and laws that subjugate Black males. Within these disavowals, Black males create spaces of affirmation where they are felt, heard, seen, and matter.

Black Boy Joy seeks the reclamation of Black stories, voices, and identities through the arts and humanities.  

Moreover, Black Boy Joy is the refusal to passively wait for a future that envisions Black humanity, as it provides the possibility to live unbounded lives.  

Black Boy Joy gives Black males the future(s) that they want now.

Facilitated by Dr. Amir Gilmore, an unapologetic Black professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University, this workshop explores Blackness, the blurring of Blackness, the joys of Blackness, the joy of Black boys.  

Why I Should Attend:

The laws of white supremacy has subjugated Black males for centuries. It has told us how to dress, how to speak, how to act. Its terms, codes, and rules have tried to kill the Black soul. Yet... we are still here.

Black Boy Joy is a revolution of the mind. Designed to rupture oppressive social structures that make Black boyhoods socially unimaginable, this workshop focuses on how we can create a space where Black males and Black voices are felt, heard, seen, and matter.

Join us for this 90 minute intensive in which we create a new narrative about Black masculinity based on positivity, celebration, and joyful childhood memories.  

About the Presenter

Amir Gilmore, PhD. (he/him) is a professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. Amir Gilmores interdisciplinary background in Cultural Studies, Africana Studies, and Education allows him to traverse the boundaries across the social sciences, the arts, and the humanities. His interests in Black Critical Theory and Black Masculinities ground his scholarship on Black Boy Joy, and he is well versed in areas such as Critical Race Theory, feminisms, and social theory. His vision and scholarship make critical contributions to the fields of Black Studies and Education, as well as connects to larger discussions of Afrofuturism and Black Aesthetics.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

The 2020-21 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Many thanks to the Bertschi School. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Sábado Ene 16, 2021 10:30 AM - Sábado Ene 16, 2021 12:00 PM | Gratis - $20.00


Hilltop Children's Center

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
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