One Love: A Black Reverence Chair Playlist holds olden song and new flow, reverberates fast, and moves slow. Like molasses, may it pour joy that rhythms like a body, back and forth. May these sonic medicines feel into you as you prepare to sit in the sacred chair position. – Abdul-Aliy Muhammad
Black Reverence Chair is a joy and affirmation ritual created by Abdul-Aliy in 2016 following the state murder of Philando Castille. After the heightened inundation of images, videograpphic evidence, and social media archiving of grief and despair regarding Black Lives, Abdul-Aliy wondered what would it do for us to have a ritual event that gives reverence to us while we live? What might this spiritual technology of collective and individual affirmation make possible for us, in this world?
We invite Black community members to join this ritual across sites of Black memory and futurity for the strengthening of communal joy, affirmation, and witnessing.
Black Reverence Chair is hosting its first citywide tour in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 29, 2023.
Here are the locations of each cycle of the ritual:
Heavenly Hall – N 40th Street & Parkside Ave.
Time – 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ursula Rucker Mural – 22 Maplewood Mall
Time – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Village of Arts & Humanities – 2544 Germantown Ave.
Time – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Bartram’s Garden – 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Time 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm