Hart House: The (in)Visible Black Woman

It is a peculiar sensation to be visible and invisible at the same time. As a Black woman, particularly within higher education, the idea of being both visible and invisible is a major reality.

Dr. LaToya Brackett is no exception to this experience. What does it mean to be hired to be diversity, but not to be hired to speak up against the oppressions of a space? What does it mean to be invited as a co-signer but never to be a leader?

Dr. Brackett will share personal narratives of navigating such situations while discussing the complexities of how whiteness can be present even in black spaces. Dr. Brackett will share how sometimes, for her, the only way to survive is by throwing shade.

Stop! This is not the online urban dictionary’s definition of throwing shade. It is not an outward attack, but a moment of collective code-switching, [in]visibly, in a space unwelcoming to Black women. Throwing shade is a small bit of power within the world of being a Black woman seen and unseen at the same time.

Because for Dr. Brackett, and many Black women, the future doesn’t look bright, because the past has forever overshadowed them.

Dr. Brackett’s visit is delivered in partnership between Hart House and The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, which is exploring relevant considerations through its Task Force Report on Race and Indigeneity. Dr. Janelle Joseph, a professor with the Faculty, will engage in and moderate discussion with Dr. Brackett at the event.

Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm and Dr. Brackett will be introduced at 6:30 pm.

Location: Hart House, East Common Room (1034)

Cost: Students – free
Community members: $10.00

Date

Feb 11 2020

Time

All of the day

Location

Hart House
Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3, Canada
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