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The Gates Swing Open….
At the 2013 Black Education Congress (ABEC), a group of delegates coined the term AfroDigital Consciousness. In our short time together, we discussed the role of AfroDigital Culture for Resistance, Resilience, and Black Education.
We are often hopelessly cast aside as outside of technological skill and innovation though our movements and images are appropriated in and on every media platform that has ever existed. In this session, we refuse to believe that hype and instead asked ourselves:
- What are the visual/aesthetic dimensions that have sustained and communicated our values, surroundings, and futures? How do we AfroDigitize that? With new technologies offering such highly VISUAL opportunities, can we paint a digital world in our image?
- What are the sounds/sonics that have sustained and communicated our values, surroundings, and futures? How do we AfroDigitize that? With new technologies offering such highly AUDIO opportunities, can we musicify the digital world in our sounds?
- What are the linguistic/verbal/oral dimensions that have sustained and communicated our values, surroundings, and futures? We are the original designers and doers of the Word so how do we AfroDigitize that? With new technologies offering such highly TEXTUAL opportunities, can we write the digital world in our own language?
- What are the platforms that allow us to reach one another, stay connected, and, most importantly, offer alternative images, sounds, and Word to youth and to ourselves?
These are preliminary questions that guide us as we move from Resistance and Resilience 2.0 TO Resistance and Resilience 3.0.
We ended the session with an introduction to the technology involved in doing Digital Storytelling, generally, and the philosophies involved in doing AfroDigital Storytelling, specifically. AfroDigital Storytelling, as the term is being used here, refers to the dynamic combination of visual images, sonic vibrations, and print/words that digital spaces offer when they are deliberately created FROM Afrikan consciousness/storytelling and directed TO/FOR the consciousness of Afrikans.
Here is an example from the Center for Digital Storytelling. In this Digital Story, Bess Turner chronicles her life, offering a story that we may not have otherwise been given: