The Mobile Homecoming Project is an innovative grassroots oral-history and community-building project dedicated to documenting the lives of black lesbian, trans and gender-queer elders; to fostering intergenerational connections and communication; and to archiving, advertising, and circulating resources - historical, artistic, spiritual, and otherwise - critical to black queer survival. Mobile Homecoming is dedicated to "collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century." Mobile Homecoming will be in residence at the University of Florida with events open to the public on March 20-21.
The Mobile Homecoming Project affirms that the stories of how trans and cis-gendered women, trans men and genderqueer black people grew their own bravery and created community are priceless resources for our communities and the communities of the future. This multimedia exhibit provides space for an interactive, intergenerational dialogue, sharing the practices that have sustained the black lesbian community for decades.
The Mobile Homecoming Project has traveled around the United States interviewing LGBTQ black feminist visionaries about their dreams, their relationships, their everyday practices and their deepest held lessons. In this interactive lecture, founders Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace share about how they created the project and engage audience participants in an activity that will allow them to draw wisdom from the Mobile Homecoming elders for whatever issues, questions and passions are most urgent to them right now.
The Mobile Homecoming Project presents an interactive multimedia screening of their documentary in process. The screening will include a praise poem video enabled performance entitled "No Legacy Let Go," which has screened at LGBTQ film festivals around the country, and an interactive audience-participatory group poem based on the wisdom of the Black LGBTQ elders of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive.
This event is sponsored in part by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611