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The Arrival of A Vodou Queen in Oakland Signals the Arrival of a New Era

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A collection of revered Vodou, Ifa and Kemetic Science practitioners will come together for a weeklong series of events in honor of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounou Houna II Guely from March 4-8, 2020.

Aside from being the Kpodjito of the Royal Palace of DaDa Daagbo Hounon Houna in the Republic of Benin, Queen Mother is an independent scholar, human rights activist, author, photographer, and faith leader of African Religious Traditions. She is the founder of the AfroAtlantic Theologies & Treaties Institute, and the chairperson of the NGO Committee for the Elimination of Racism, Afrophobia & Colorism located at the United Nations.

Titled ‘Benin to the Bay’ the series responds to the recent resurgence of interest in African Indigenous spirituality and the failure of social services like mental health care has prompted renewed interest in ancient healing practices.

“Rarely do so many prominent African practitioners from varying traditions come together in one space for publicly-observed conversations about the history and future of African

Spirituality,” said event organizer Tracy Brown. “This is a call for a re-evaluation and healing of the world’s relationship with and understanding of African faith traditions.”

The week of events include:
• March 4, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. – A public welcome reception featuring the Haitian dance and music ensemble Rara Tou Limen and sponsored by Wo’se Community Church and the Greenlining Institute to be held at Greenlining’s headquarters, 360 14th St. in Oakland, CA.
• March 6, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. – A showing of the film “In Search of Vodou” and a panel discussion on ‘Cultural Reclamation as a Revolutionary Act’ at the BAMPFA. It will feature Nedra Williams, Dr. Wade Nobles, Susheel Bibbs and Luisah Teish. 2155 Center St. Berkeley, CA.
• March 7, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. “Unleash the Vodou in You.” A full-day workshop about the Vodou tradition, including cleansing rituals and grounding prayers at Red Bay Coffee Roasters 1503 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, CA
• March 8, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. A musical performance by Oshunfemi Wanbi Njeri and panel presentations on the theme of ‘Accessing Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Healing & Empowerment’ at Red Bay Coffee Roasters in East Oakland. 3098 E. 10th St., Oakland, CA
Space is limited. To get tickets, go to Eventbrite.com/o/tracy-browns-general-specifics-29372571751. Major sponsors include Tracy Brown’s General Specifics, The Greenlining Institute and Red Bay Coffee Roasters among others.

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