Learn & Do

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Help us disrupt injustice at this community learning and action series.

On Sundays in March at 4pm, we will be joined by a content expert (e.g. historian, community leader, activist) who will teach us something about the history, systems, or activism that affect our society now. We’ll share some food and take action, joining each other in conversation and creation around the topic. You do not need to have attended the play to join a Learn + Do! All are welcome and invited to participate in the Learn + Do Series.

Each event will offer an opportunity to learn from an expert, and an invitation to do something with what we’ve learned.

    • March 10, 4pm – History
    • March 17, 4pm – Systems
    • March 24, 4pm – Activism
    • March 31, 4pm – Action

Learn & Do Guests

Mica Anders | March 10

As the owner and founder of Anders Genealogical Services, Mica Anders brings over 15 years of experience in genealogy and historical research, specializing in early African American history in Minnesota since 2014. Holding an MFA in visual art, she enjoys combining her two passions—history and art—to create unique family history displays for her clients. In addition to her client work, Mica frequently collaborates with museums and civic organizations to research, design, and curate community history exhibits, focused on highlighting the stories and contributions of underrepresented communities in local history.

A staple on the local stand up comedy circuit, Kelechi Jaavaid aka KJay the comedian has a cool, laid back style that turns the stage into his own personal living room. A traditional joke dealer, KJay draws his comedy inspiration from his family and rejected NBA dream. He is National known comic featured at numerous comedy festivals, TMZ, the Bill Cunningham Show, The morning show on NBC, Divorce Court, amongst other.This seasoned veteran has become one of Minnesota's and America's favorite comedians.

Malika Dahir, Executive Director of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE)

Meet Malika Dahir the executive director of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE). Malika brings her passion for equity work, storytelling and leadership development as Executive Director of RISE. She began her work in storytelling and narrative change when she noticed the absence of positive images of Muslims for her children. She started Story time at the local co-op as a way for sharing positive stories and images that represent Muslims for her children and their school mates. This expanded into programs like “International storytime” held at local libraries in Shelby County where she introduced the larger community to colorful stories about Muslims and Islam. From there Malika managed a local child care center for five years that has gotten local and National accreditation under her tenure. Malika came to RISE from Pearls of Hope, an organization dedicated to mentoring Muslim children and youth here in the Twin CIties. Through her work with Pearls she has won the Visionary Leadership Award from the Islamic Seminary of America and Rabata. Malika is a storyteller, connector, community activist, leader, wife and mother. She is a nomad who has lived in many places including Mogadishu, Toronto and Memphis before calling the Twin Cities home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Activist Seena Hodges

Seena Hodges is an award-winning DEI expert who founded The Woke Coach in 2018 because she wholeheartedly believes that racial equity is the defining issue of our time. She is the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees at the Walker Art Center and is currently pursuing a PhD in Management & Public Service at Hamline University. Seena's book, From Ally to Accomplice: How to Lead As A Fierce Antiracist, features best practices from her training programs and is designed for every person no matter where they are on their antiracism journey.

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