Great Stair Hall
Join community activists and archivists in a conversation led by Christopher Rogers, co-editor of How We Stay Free: Notes On A Black Uprising. Threading together past, present, and future, guest speakers will discuss the roles of collective resistance and documentation in times of social upheaval.
Through photographs, poetry, prose, and prayer, How We Stay Free highlights pivotal events from 2020 and the ways in which Philadelphians cared for one another. It is both a celebration of the organizing that sustained an uprising and a powerful call-to-action for the creation of new, better, and freer worlds.
Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Waiting for Tear Gas.
Christopher Rogers is an educator and cultural worker from Chester, PA. He serves as Program Director for the Paul Robeson House and Museum and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He is co-editor of How We Stay Free: Notes On A Black Uprising.
Fajr Muhammad is a writer and editor who sits on the Blue Stoop advisory board, a non-profit dedicated to Philadelphia writers. Her work has been featured in the Columbia Journal online and The Hennepin Review, and she is co-editor of How We Stay Free: Notes On A Black Uprising.
Abdul-Aliy Abdullah Muhammad is a Philadelphia-born writer, organizer, and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Co-op. In their work, they often explore ideas of medical surveillance, bodily autonomy, and Blackness.
Karen Asper Jordan is a lifelong activist and retired nurse who continues to be an advocate for justice, equality, and human rights. She is president of the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement at sixteen, under the leadership of Cecil B. Moore, president of Philadelphia’s NAACP Chapter.
Joe Piette is a Philadelphia-based activist, writer, and photographer covering local social, political, and civil actions.
Koren Martin is a Philadelphia-based photographer. Her work is a mixture of candid portraiture and immersive documentary photography and has been exhibited at Photoville, Your Art Gallery, The Black Joy Archive, and Tilt Everyone of Us campaign.