“Salama” is a Swahili word that means safety. It has a historical etymological relationship with the Hebrew word, shalom (peace), the Arabic, salaam (a greeting), and Portuguese salamo (flying or soaring). The word points to the freedom that comes with being safe as you enter and dwell in a particular space or community.
Scarritt Bennett Center in collaboration with Beyoncé Mass presents Salama Circles: an intentional respite and safe space for Black women all over the globe to soar, to be free to express emotion and release pain, and anger for the sake of healing.
Salama Circles is a four-part series that invites Black women all over the globe to directly address issues of grief, joy, pleasure, and burden by engaging in conversation about the intersectional realities that Black women face daily, and how they impact particular kinds of trauma and exclusion.
Salama Circles will also offer resources and models of healing that allow Black women to reclaim joy and pleasure as mechanisms of liberation.