Category: Blog

A Love-Infused Staff Transition: Deep Gratitude to Ashley Walden Davis

Ashley Walden-Davis.

Ashley Walden-Davis.   May 26, 2020   It is with deep gratitude, respect, and love that we announce that Ashley Walden Davis is transitioning off the Alternate ROOTS staff. As of today, May 26 she will begin a new role

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Weathering this Moment, Continuing on the Path

We’re leaning into the strength of our community during this uncertain time. Photo: Melisa Cardona.   Michelle Ramos, Alternate ROOTS Executive Director | April 23, 2020   Dear ROOTS Members, Partners, & Friends, Little did we know when we selected

We Are Resourceful! Shared Resources in Response to COVID-19

While we may not be sharing space or holding hands for weeks/months, we’re leaning into the strength of our community during this uncertain time. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Updated April 6, 2020 As the spread of COVID-19 in the US moved

“The Fierce Urgency of Now:” Alternate ROOTS 2020 Preview

Rebecca Mwase performing Looking at Abroad at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   On this day honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we at Alternate ROOTS are looking to the year ahead and

ROOTS is Hiring: Executive Assistant

  Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South, creating a better world together. As

Sabbatical Reflection & Looking Forward

Ashley Walden Davis | December 11, 2019   Dear ROOTS Members, I am very blessed and filled with gratitude sending you this note just be for my return to work. To be completely honest, the sabbatical is not at all

Climate Justice: ROOTS Members Shifting Culture and Policy

Another Gulf is Possible August 20th Day of Interdependence March, New Orleans, LA. Photo credit: Dario Parra. The effects of the climate crisis on our planet are felt more each and every day. From hurricanes in the gulf to the

Alternate ROOTS Archives: at Home, at Amistad

ROOTS Week 2019, celebrating the archive’s move to Amistad in true ROOTS fashion: with a dance party. Photo: Melisa Cardona.   We are thrilled to announce that – after many years of searching and even more years of precarious storage

Uprooting Family

Vanessa Mercado Taylor, Marquetta Dupree, and their children, wearing “My Ancestors are Proud t-shirts by Liza Garza. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Vanessa Mercado Taylor The ROOTS Week Youth Village has provided space for generations of Alternate ROOTS’ kids – a space

ROOTS Week 2019: Reflection

Photo by: Melisa Cardona By Word on the Street / La Voz de Los Jovenes Big thanks to our current Partners In Action cohort members Word on the Street / La Voz de Los Jovenes for this reflection on their

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.