Black joy has not been extensively examined — what properties do we attribute to Black joy?

As we reflect on the tree from the June Jordan poem, “Calling All Silent Minorities,” we ask ourselves, “What are the historical spaces where Black joy has existed in the past?” (Listen to Jordan read her poems in her own voice here.)

This session will be centered in exploring Black joy, Pittsburgh artists, and history, and return to our core question: “Imagine a world where inequities have been eradicated, what does that world look like?”

In this session we will:

  • Have a “Joy Search” with the CMOA Teenie Harris collection.
  • Curate a micro-exhibition from the collection
  • Learn about and work with Gholdy Muhammad’s “HRL” An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy from her book, “Cultivating Genius.”


Join us for a bonus Empowered Educators event the following evening for a “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Teleparty screening. Register here.

The Empowered Educators Series provides a forum for teachers, educators, administrators, counselors, and the like to think critically and openly discuss topics of race, equity, bias, and pedagogy. Empowered Educators Series promotes ongoing learning, partnerships with supporting organizations, and community building among teachers.

Carnegie Museum of Art, Center for Urban Education, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, and Remake Learning have joined together to support educators in their approaches and abilities to facilitate thoughtful discussions about race in the classroom.

Image: Charles “Teenie” Harris (American, 1908-1998)

Men and women wearing leis and “Happy New Year” hats posed in room with Christmas tree, another version, 1964

black-and-white Kodak safety film

overall 4 x 5 in

Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.11969

This series is fully supported by the Grable Foundation and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.