FREEDOM PLOW

FACILITATION. EDUCATION. CONSULTATION. FOR LIBERATION.

Providing Intersectional Anti-Oppression Workshops, Seminars and Consultation for Organizations, Churches, Schools and Universities.

EDUCATION FOR LIBERATION.

Ewuare Osayande established Freedom Plow as a means to educate and empower organizations invested in the work of social justice. A liberatory learning initiative that addresses structural and interpersonal forms and forces of oppression, Freedom Plow provides groups the opportunity to come together, learn, plan and strategize to build authentic communities of justice and equity.

Ewuare Osayande has been facilitating workshops for more than 25 years all over the world. He brings that wealth of experience into every workshop and seminar. An acclaimed author and activist, his work is rooted in critical race and feminist theory and grounded in the activism of social justice movements across the globe.

FEATURED WORKSHOPS

RESISTING RACISM 101

Osayande’s most popular, this workshop addresses the development of race as a construct of social power. Grounded in history, the workshop provides a critical overview of how racial categories were developed and are maintained. The workshop also covers principles of accountability and self-determination to enable communities to work in solidarity toward the eradication of racism.

UPROOTING RACISM IN THE CHURCH

Confronting the legacy of colonialism and white supremacy in the Christian church, this workshop uncovers the root causes for the central contradiction of racism that continues to challenge the church at this historic hour. Historical and theological, Osayande provides a comprehensive and engaging process that enables churches to become true expressions of the Gospel in these times.

PEOPLE OF COLOR EMPOWERMENT

A dynamic workshop experience that addresses the ways that racism systematically works to divide and exploit people of color. The workshop provides a process that supports inter/intra-racial solidarity among communities of color that is guided by social justice movements throughout history.

DECOLONIZING DIVERSITY

This workshop is centered in undoing the legacies of colonialism and the ongoing practices of cultural repression and identity policing that originated in the European conquest of the world. This workshop clarifies how all known identity constructs are impacted by systems of colonialism and are maintained by a values system that privileges whiteness.

REDEFINING MANHOOD

This workshop critically engages the social constructs of masculinity that enforce an expression of manhood that is toxic and dangerous. This workshop challenges ideas of gender as natural or biologically based. Osayande shows how homophobia, transphobia and sexism are norms in patriarchal societies across the world. The workshop provides men a means to learn how to become effective allies in resistance to these forms of oppression.

SOLIDARITY NOW!: CLASS AND RACE

This new workshop addresses the historic and contemporary struggle to unite the working class in the United States. Participants will learn how capitalism is built on the super-exploitation of people of color and how white privilege has worked to keep the working class divided. A timely workshop for organizations, Osayande provides a methodology born from movements for economic and social justice rooted in cross-racial solidarity.

A WORKSHOP JUST FOR YOU

Looking for a workshop experience that addresses the particular concerns of your organization? Osayande will work with you to create a learning experience that enables your organization to raise its awareness and strengthen its capacity and commitment to eradicate oppression and to be better engaged in the work of social justice and liberation.

“Osayande’s passion, compassion and hope drew our students to him. Because he provided scholarly sources for the information shared in his workshops, the reality of race as a social construct for the benefit of its constructors and toward the detriment of others was indisputable. This left our students with the challenge of better appreciating their collective humanity. He has planted the seeds of power at Bard College. The roots of self-determination and accountability took hold. Our students continue to tend the garden in anticipation of social justice in full bloom!”

Dr. Geneva A. Foster
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Bard College

“There is no other way to have a conversation about racism than to ground the discussion in the history of race. Ewuare Osayande’s workshops do just that. The breadth of Ewuare’s understanding of both the historical construction of race and the legacy of racism in the United States provides a solid foundation for subsequent dialogue about our everyday relationship to and experiences with and within racism. In this way, there is no room for thoughtless disclosure, empathy or public apology. Our only option is to learn, process, and resist.”

Dr. Yaba Amgborale Blay
Joint Multicultural Program, Lehigh University

“While many speakers talk about race, Osayande took us through the steps of its actual construction, leaving us with a clearer and more tangible understanding. Osayande facilitated in a way that was patient but left no room to avoid speaking directly to the heart of the issues of racism and privilege. Students were left challenged by the workshop, but in a way that made us stronger in our understanding of racism and more prepared to confront it.”
 
Amelia Mitter-Burke
White Students Confronting Racism, Swarthmore College

 

Some of the places Osayande has provided workshops include …

BARD COLLEGE

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

EMORY UNIVERSITY

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

STUDENT ENVIRONMENT ACTION COALITION

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN MULTICULTURAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

THE GREEN PARTY

MENNONITE CHURCH USA

THE FRIENDS SOCIETY

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

GOSHEN COLLEGE

MOSAIC CHURCH

MESSIAH COLLEGE

EASTERN UNIVERSITY

ANABAPTIST MENNONITE BIBLICAL SEMINARY