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Thursday July 23, 7:30–8:45

The Opening Ceremony is produced by Flint-based artist, Tunde Olaniran and will ask “What is a frequency that heals?” In the face of new, shifting and ongoing crises, in end times and beginning times, what are the Black, Indigenous, and queer visionary frameworks that shape current and future liberation? The ceremony will feature three keynotes:

Part one: a story told by The Aadizookaan and Monica Lewis-Patrick that weaves creation myths and organizing tales from the past, present and future of Detroit, brought to life by six Black and Indigenous animators and illustrators hailing from across the globe.

Part two: a conversation between Raquel Willis and Joie Lou Shakur on the theme of media for Black Trans liberation.

Part three: a collaborative musical performance and conversation curated by acclaimed jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding—accompanied by the voices and musical frequencies from Brontë Velez of Lead to Life, and Detroit artists Ahya Simone, Supercoolwicked, Bevlove, and Kesswa.

Through this journey, the Opening Ceremony hopes to provide a moment of reflection, celebration and inspiration for AMC participants.

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All plenaries can be watched live at In addition to these highlights, AMC2020 will feature 75+ interactive sessions, including panels, strategy sessions, film screenings, meet-ups and more, taking place via Zoom. Registration is required to attend interactive sessions.
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Thursday, July 23rd | 4:00PM-5:30PM EST
Hosted by the brown sisters (autumn and adrienne maree), How to Survive the End of the World seeks to learn from the apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity. In this special AMC edition, they will be joined by queer astrologer extraordinaire Chani Nicholas to explore the liberatory ancestral technologies of the stars.

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  • The Virtual AMC will take place on several different digital platforms. Please review the Virtual Spaces section of the How to Virtual AMC Guide for instructions.

  • We are in conversation with session presenters about increasing their session capacities.  This requires additional tech and moderation support, so we also have to ensure we can provide the support that folks need, before making this shift.

    Webinar session recordings will be made available post-AMC only at the request of presenters.  We will not be recording any “meeting” style sessions, out of respect for participant privacy. For sessions that choose to be recorded, we will make recordings available to the public within one month of the AMC.

    There are still open sessions. If the session you were most excited about is full, try something else.  Part of the magic of the AMC is found in places where you least expect it.

    Even if you cannot attend a single interactive session, there are still 13 amazing events that have unlimited capacity (the opening and closing ceremonies, four plenaries, two community dinners, two film screenings, and four parties).

  • Make space for others. If you were lucky enough to secure a seat in sessions across all four session blocks, consider withdrawing from one or two so that others can get in to at least one. Also, don’t add sessions to your schedule unless you’re totally sure you can attend.

    Ensure that queer and trans, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), disabled, and low-income people can attend interactive sessions. If you are participating in a session as an ally to the folks most impacted by the issue being discussed, consider giving up your spot so that people who need to be at the center of the conversation can participate.

    Self-organize! While we cannot add any new sessions to Sched, you can organize your own content and promote it to the AMC via Slack and social media. See Digital Safety in the Holistic Safety section of the How To Virtual AMC guide to read about safer platforms for self-organized conversations.

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