Sethe, the haunted lead in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” is counseled throughout the novel to “lay down your sword and shield,” to let herself heal from the traumas of slavery. For people who battle or simply maintain their defenses against systemic injustice today, when is the time to heal? How do we maintain our capacity for vulnerability and invention when the battle still rages on?

Bring your voice to this discussion on October 26 at the Brooklyn Public Library for Lay Down Your Sword and Shield, a public conversation with Sasha Alexander. (Founder, Black Trans Media), Lozens Grit/ Noel Altaha (White Mountain Apache; Founder, Indigenous Womxns Collective), Mildred Beltré (Cofounder, Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine), and our moderator, choreographer/dancer/filmmaker Gabri Christa

A free program of Til Victory is Won: 400 Years of Making Revolution & Inventing Utopia. Presented by BPL and co-curated by Brian Tate. Full program, 7:00 pm-12:00 mid. View the schedule and RSVP here: