When I Is Replaced with We
Racial Wellness Book Launch and Activation
Kinfolx - 1951 Telegraph Ave Suite 4 Oakland
Nov 8, 2023
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
Free Admission
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Join MoAD and Penguin Random House for an interactive activation based on the book Racial Wellness by Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah. This program will encourage exploration, imagination, and interaction and will be a space for Black, Indigenous and people of color to discuss and heal from their experiences with racism. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Copies of Racial Wellness will be available for purchase at the event and can be preordered here.

This program is presented in partnership with Penguin Random House.

About the Book

A guide and workbook centered on self-care, healing, and empowerment for Black, Indigenous, and people of color—from racial wellness visionary and designer Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah.

As a society, we rarely talk about how racism affects the holistic health of Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Author and healing-informed designer Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah refers to racism as “the multifaceted abuser” because of the ways it affects the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of BIPOC. Whether these communities are experiencing microaggressions or overt racism, they are constantly forced to practice resistance. Using her background in social welfare and interaction design, Iyamah seeks to stimulate revolutionary healing for communities of color, shifting the conversation from racial trauma to racial wellness.

This powerful book helps BIPOC understand, reflect, and cope with racial trauma. Divided into five sections—emotional wellness, mental wellness, physical wellness, spiritual wellness, and our interconnected wellness—Iyamah lends readers a gentle hand on their journey toward racial wellness by providing ways to heal on individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels, while encouraging deeper reflection through insightful journal prompts. Filled with uplifting affirmations, tender reminders, love letters, and helpful graphics sprinkled throughout, Racial Wellness is as informative as it is comforting, offering communities of color the opportunity to rest, rehabilitate, and rebuild.

About the Author

Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah (she/her) is the designer, writer, and cultural worker behind the term racial wellness. She is the founder of Making the Body a Home, where she designs home goods, decor, and courses that help people stimulate racial wellness within their interior spaces. She has a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, where her focus was on researching the societal factors that impact the well-being of communities of color. She also has a master’s degree in science in interaction design, where her thesis focused on designing spaces for communities of color to heal. She taps into theory from her social welfare degree, praxis from her interaction design degree, and wisdom from her loving ancestors to reimagine the ways in which racial healing can take place.

Visit https://www.jacquelyn.design/ to learn more about her work

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