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Breathing Back

  The final words uttered by Eric Garner, "I can't breathe," have become a mantra for protesters across the nation speaking out against police brutality.

Two Durham-based artists have repurposed the phrase for a new cause: to help outraged and exhausted communities connect to a legacy of activism and build resources for their long-term spiritual, emotional and physical resilience. They call it “Black Feminist Breathing.”

Host Frank Stasio talks with artists Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace about their new exhibit Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus on view at The Carrack in Durham through February 28th.

Gumbs and Wallace have scheduled several events in relation to the exhibit at The Carrack. Below are links to information about the events:

·         My Words Will Be There: Audre Lorde Lecture Thursday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.

·         Black Body Spectrum Workshop Friday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

·         Closing Sound Circle Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m.

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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