Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey in Conversation with Marvin K. White
In-person at MoAD
Oct 26, 2022
4:30 am
6:00 am
Free with Museum Admission
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We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to unforeseen circumstances this program has been postponed. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date in 2023. Thank you for understanding.

Join MoAD in celebrating the publication of Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey. Author Tricia Hersey will be in conversation with Marvin K. White, MDiv. Book signing and Q&A to follow.

Copies of Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey are available for pre-order from the MoAD Bookstore.

About the Book

Disrupt and push back against capitalism and white supremacy. In this book, Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop, encourages us to connect to the liberating power of rest, daydreaming, and naps as a foundation for healing and justice.

What would it be like to live in a well-rested world? Far too many of us have claimed productivity as the cornerstone of success. Brainwashed by capitalism, we subject our bodies and minds to work at an unrealistic, damaging, and machine‑level pace –– feeding into the same engine that enslaved millions into brutal labor for its own relentless benefit.

In Rest Is Resistance, Tricia Hersey, aka the Nap Bishop, casts an illuminating light on our troubled relationship with rest and how to imagine and dream our way to a future where rest is exalted. Our worth does not reside in how much we produce, especially not for a system that exploits and dehumanizes us. Rest, in its simplest form, becomes an act of resistance and a reclaiming of power because it asserts our most basic humanity. We are enough. The systems cannot have us.

Rest Is Resistance is rooted in spiritual energy and centered in Black liberation, womanism, somatics, and Afrofuturism. With captivating storytelling and practical advice, all delivered in Hersey’s lyrical voice and informed by her deep experience in theology, activism, and performance art, Rest Is Resistance is a call to action, a battle cry, a field guide, and a manifesto for all of us who are sleep deprived, searching for justice, and longing to be liberated from the oppressive grip of Grind Culture.

About the Presenters

Tricia Hersey is a Chicago native who has called Georgia home for the last 12 years. She has over 20 years of experience as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, theologian and community organizer. She is the founder of The Nap Ministry, an organization that examines rest as a form of resistance and reparations by curating spaces for the community to rest via community rest activations, immersive workshops,  performance art installations, and social media.  Her research interests include Black liberation theology, womanism, somatics, and cultural trauma. She is the author of the upcoming book Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto which will be published in October 2022.  You can learn more about her work and the book at

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is currently serving as the Full-time Minister of Celebration at GLIDE Church in San Francisco. He is a graduate of The Pacific School of Religion, where he earned an MDiv. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be Witness; Status; and the two Lammy-nominated collections: last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. He was named one of YBCA's"100" in 2019. He is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, collaborator, preacher, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.

This program is in-person at MoAD, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to visiting is required. The health of the community is of the utmost importance to The Nap Ministry. Masks are required to enter the event and must be kept on for the entire event. No exceptions.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Kaiser Permanente

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