THIS IS EMANCIPATION PARK//// It's the oldest park in the city of Houston purchased originally by the descendants of freed slaves. In 1872 Richard Allen, Richard Brock, Jack Yates, and Elias Dibble together bought 4 acres of parkland with $800. Led by Reverend Yates, they purchased the land to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States by giving black folks spaces to play, picnic, and find joy.
In partnership with @emancipationprkhou and my community @bigpoweryoga,
I get to continue Yates' lineage. I will design spaces for all people to play on their yoga mats and experiment with personal freedom on the campus of a park purchased with money made by freed men!
The classes will be for all human beings no matter what the story is of their ethnic heritage. It is from a uniquely renewed story of black folk. A story all people can learn from.
WHY? In my anthropological studies I have learned the vestiges of slavery can teach African American's not to liberally own their bodies and embody their divinity. Even I sometimes feel like I'm a slave to a social ecosystem and field worker in professional fields I have limited opportunities to grow in.
Yoga and meditation are liberation environments all humans can cultivate to turn life crap into what fertilizes the future by way of presence and physical strength.
I grew up in this neighborhood and continued the community cultivating life here as a pastor who nurtured creativity and hope in Third Ward.
I now get to share a practice of liberation that has emancipated me to breathe myself whole and move my body new. THANK YOU GOD!!!!!!