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Between the Lines: Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey

October 12, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



What would it be like to live in a well-rested world? is a question Tricia Hersey, founder of the Nap Ministry, confronts in her debut publication Rest as Resistance: A Manifesto.

Join us as Tricia Hersey invites readers to reimagine the foundations for liberation, healing, and justice. Rest as Resistance “casts an illuminating light on our troubled relationship with rest and how to imagine and dream our way to a future where rest is exalted.” Hersey will be joined by Dr. Joan Morgan, Program Director of the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University. This fall the CBVC, inspired by Hersey’s liberatory framework of “rest is resistance,” will launch The Black Rest Project (BRP) to amplify visual narratives of Black rest and leisure.

Signed copies of Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey, will be available for purchase from The Schomburg Shop in Harlem.


This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University.

The program will also be live streamed to our YouTube channel.


TRICIA HERSEY is a Chicago native who has called Georgia home for the last 12 years. She has over 20 years of experience as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, theologian and community organizer. She is the founder of The Nap Ministry, an organization that examines rest as a form of resistance and reparations by curating spaces for the community to rest via community rest activations, immersive workshops, performance art installations, and social media. Her research interests include Black liberation theology, womanism, somatics, and cultural trauma. She is the author of the upcoming book Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto which will be published in October 2022. You can learn more about her work and the book at thenapministry.com

DR. JOAN MORGAN is the Program Director of the Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University. She is an award-winning cultural critic, feminist author, Grammy nominated songwriter and a pioneering hip-hop journalist. Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down which is taught at universities globally. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop, race and gender, Morgan has made numerous television, radio and film appearances — among them HBOMax, Netflix, Lifetime, MTV, BET, VH-1, CNN, WBAI’s The Spin and MSNBC. She has written for numerous publications including Vibe, Essence, Ms., The New York Times, and British Vogue.


Readers who wish to purchase Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey, can do so in-person from The Schomburg Shop in Harlem. All proceeds benefit The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Between the Lines: Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey


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