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Returning and Reconnecting

ILI Year 4 Fellows attend in-person ILI ROOTS intensive in North Carolina

photos & video: Kiame Biandudi & Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios, and Loren Waters.

After nearly 6 months of virtual intercultural exploration, the ILI Year 4 Fellows and FamILI finally got to come together for the first of two in-person weekend intensives. Hosted by ILI partner Alternate ROOTS, this in-person learning and community experience was held at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina (Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Saponi Territories). Here’s a look at a weekend that included ceremony, food, conversation, field trips and the opportunity to connect one-on-one for a deeper intercultural understanding.

Day 1: Thursday, November 17, 2022

ILI ROOTS Opening ceremony altar

  • Arrive
  • Dinner
  • Opening Ceremony to create shared community altar

Day 2: Friday, November 18, 2022

  • Breakfast
  • Community Check-In
  • Learning Pod Time
  • Tour and History of the Franklinton Center at Bricks
  • Self-Reflection
  • Storytelling with Kathy Moore
  • Dinner

Day 3: Saturday, November 19, 2022

  • Travel to Durham, NC
  • Introduction to Earthseed Land Cooperative
  • Movement & Drumming Workshop
  • Lunch & Learn with Spirit House
  • Walking Tour of Hayti Community in Durham, NC
  • Travel back to Franklinton Center
  • Dinner with special Guest Enfield, NC Mayor Mondale Robinson
ILI Year 4 Fellows tour grounds of Earthseed Land Cooperative

Day 4: Sunday, November 20, 2022

  • Breakfast
  • Centering cultural voices
  • Learning Pods
  • Cohort Collective Reflection
  • Dinner
  • Late Night: A traditional ROOTS Open Mic and Arts Showcase hosted by Uncle Spooky and Tiajuana

Day 5: Monday, November , 21 2022

  • Closing Circle
ILI ROOTS host Nikki Brown hosts closing circle