yanja series is a once a month gathering that strives to create a safe/courageous space for people of colour based in baltimore and surrounding communities to connect, unwind + express themselves. yanja, a shortened version of the Chichewa word ‘yanjanani’ means come together + gather. it is our goal to cultivate + promote a space of love, of learning and of pride within our individual identities through movement, through storytelling, through fellowship and most importantly through open + honest dialogues.
why is this important?
as people of colour with various oppressed identities, it is critical that we are able to have safe / courageous spaces to boldly express every part of our identities while still being mindful of respecting the identities of others. we believe that this expression is a form of resistance. yanja series seeks to provide this space on a monthly basis. by having themes that correlate with each monthly gathering we hope to explore diverse subject matters that will stimulate growth + provide tangible takeaways for those in attendance.
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