The banjo has been on a diasporic journey the same way that many of us and our bloodlines have been. The legacy of 400 years of colonization, slavery, and white supremacy has resulted in most banjos today being in the hands of white people of European descent, with little thought or solidarity to the people who gave the world its sounds. The Black Banjo Reclamation Project reverses this legacy, building and redistributing donated banjos to Black folks eager to continue their healing path of reconnecting to the land and culture that was historically and traumatically stolen from them. Through our comprehensive program, they also receive group workshops and individual lessons, and the space, time and community foundation for them to thrive in their learning.
We invite support from those who feel called to support the retrieval and revival of roots music education and access. Indeed, one way to conceive of this project is Banjo Reparations. The power of the people is what can create a more just world through our thoughts and actions. This reparations opportunity is available to all organizations and individuals (particularly people, or organizations run by people, of European descent) who understand the importance of centering a people within their own struggle for liberation, and the power of reclaiming what has been lost. Ancestral work is an important step for all of us at this time, activating transformational healing and harnessing empowerment in ourselves and for the earth.
Donating to the BBRP directly funds:
Space rental for lessons
Banjos (acquisition, building, repair and maintenance)
Educational & promotional materials
Program Director salary
Our fundraising goal for our first six months is $12,000. Your donations make this program fiscally possible.
For in kind donation inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept string instruments ranging from their inception in West Africa to modern classical, sound and stage equipment.
Our fiscal sponsor, Water in the Desert of Portland Oregon can accept any tax deductible donations.
Contribute here! https://www.gofundme.com/the-black-banjo-reclamation-project