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Keepers of Ancestral Medicine Panel

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Join SCG on the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing for a virtual experience centering and uplifting the practices and knowledge of Black femmes. Lively conversations and workshops will guide us to remember, reciprocate, and reconnect with the gentle wisdom of nature.

The National Day of Racial Healing was established in 2017 as an annual convening of activists, artists, healers, changemakers, and community members that come together for dialogue and action towards much needed and long overdue racial healing in this nation.


Part 1: Keepers of Ancestral Medicine

We start the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing by remembering the experiences and answers already present in our traditions and lineages. Three Black and Afro-Indigenous healers will highlight what it means to remember, reclaim, actively integrate, and sustain ancestral medicine as crucial components to racial healing. Each facilitator will share their rituals of practicing plant medicine and answer questions from participants.




Jordi is a non-conforming, afrofuturistic, multidimensional artist weaving healing energy for the self and the community. Her practice is deeply rooted in a celestial connection to the other-wordly. Through performance encompassing vocal, theatre, storytelling, and dance, Jordi processes human and non-human emotions, growth, trauma, and the emergence of authentic selfhoods. Her healing practices are deeply involved with local activism of Los Angeles’s QTBIPOC (queer, trans, Black, Indiginous and persons of colour) communities. Her work has been presented in Canada, New York film festivals, and the Getty Museum on Tongva Land. She is currently creating a new audio work entitled "Glossolalia."

Ayo Ngozi Drayton

Ayo Ngozi Drayton is a believer in ancestral tradition, a documentarian of Black herbal and cultural practices, and a community worker. Trained as a clinical herbalist, she is a beloved instructor at several community herbal schools and conferences. Ayo also owns The Creative Root,  LLC (a small herbal business), and coordinates Planting Reparations, a reparations-based mutual aid initiative that redistributes plants and healing resources to Black people. In addition to education received through mentorship, Ayo holds a BA in Journalism from Hampton University, an MPS in African and African American Studies from Cornell University, and an MS in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ayo is based on Mashpee Wampanoag territory (New Bedford, Massachusetts).

Sade Musa 

Sade Musa is the founder of ROOTS OF RESISTANCE, an educational project that seeks to help folks reclaim healing ways interrupted by colonization, to disrupt narratives which invisibilize Afro-diasporic contributions to medicine, and bring attention to health disparities and other forms of health injustice. ROR operates under the belief that bodily autonomy and culturally relevant medical care are essential, and that learning to heal ourselves is a liberatory praxis of self-determination and resistance. ROR is dedicated to helping historically looted communities advocate for their wellbeing, access quality healthcare, and to find alternatives if western healing models fail them. Through ROR she offers donation-based and sliding scale community herbal classes and consultation, leads plant walks, operates an apothecary, and donates medicine to various grassroots wellness programs."

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Tuesday, January 19 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Who May Attend

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If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected].

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require an accommodation to participate in this activity, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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