Thank You

A snap shot form our sunrise Tai Chi, Qigong Class.
Thanks to the Boston Foundation and Reebok for the BlackJoy Shirts.

Thank you for all your support to make our first BlackJoy Day a success.

Boston City Councilor at Large Julia Mejia lift us all with her powerful closing words

My heart is so full of gratitude to everyone who embraced the vision and meaning of the day and showed your support, whether in person or virtually. BlackJoy Day was meant to be a moment for us to unapologetically embrace our God-given ability to restore our light within by remembering who we are, whose we are, and why we are. From the rising of the sun on Saturday, the day was filled with wisdom, laughter, bonding, and creativity.

The amazing photographer Charlotte James, family Self Portrait

Thank you to every speaker, performer, panelist, and volunteer. Each one of you in your own special way ushered in the joy by sharing your gifts with us. To everyone that submitted and posted your Black Joy Day images, I am working out a way to share everything and not miss anything. It will all be posted soon. 

Our Sunrise gathering opening speaker Cathy Darine and her beautiful daughter.

Also, I have heard the feedback and the excitement for our celebration of BlackJoy to continue. Stay tuned for announcements for how I would like this to move forward. Finally, for all us who chose to use our respective platforms in the ways we find meaningful and valuable for our community there is always a level of risk of coming across the wrong way, BlackJoy Day was no exception. Yet, I am convinced it is our duty to show up and be our full selves if we are to support this movement for equity, equality, and justice. Our joy is our strength. We ARE the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga and The OrigNations Cultural Center Dancers – Their spoken word and dance performance made the Sun stop, look, and listen.

Articles About The Day:

The Brigham Joins Boston Celebration of Black Joy, read it here

WBUR. Sept 12 is Black Joy Day in Boston, read it here

Published by Thaddeus Miles

Artist, Community Builder, Entrepreneur, Black Man, PaPa, Photographer, HoodFit, Author, Traveler, Looking through the lens of life.

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