Pascale Ifé Williams

Philosophy

‘The Rootworker Table’ by Renee Stout is our primary source, to be in conversation with “Learning to Listen” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and “Opening to Spirit” by Caroline Shola Arewa. We chose Stout’s installation piece because it depicts the ingredients of a rootworkers creative space and connection to Black folks' inextricable link to the lineage of spiritual practice, resistance, and liberation. In “Learning to Listen” our Cultural Ancestor Harriet Tubman helps us to understand the lineage of rootworking, through a framework of the five elemental medicines - fire, air/sky, earth, water, and ether; we couple this with exercises in bearing witness through practices of deep listening offered in “Opening to Spirit.”

BIO

Pascale Ife Williams, PhD is a Black queer spirit-led cultural organizer, educator, scholar, and healing justice practitioner. Ife is a Chicago native with 15 years of experience in justice-driven arts and community-engaged work that explores racial, gender, and wellness equity. Her family and community are a constant source of humility, inspiration, and laughter.

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