Sarita Covington

Artist/ Activist
Independent contractor

Sarita Covington is an artist, educator and entrepreneur. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and has been a teaching artist for over 15 years. Committed to undoing racism in the arts sector, she co-founded ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity). She owns and operates Upper Manhattan Forest Kids, a business that facilitates outdoor classes for pre-school aged children in Central Park, where she gets to take back the ownership of her relationship to the planet as a birthright. Sarita grew up in Harlem and now lives in the Bronx with her husband and 4-year-old daughter Sunshine.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

WOC Mamas: Decolonizing Motherhood in Community

Women/ femmes/ gender nonconforming people who move through the world as mothers, educators, activists, organizers, and people of color expend countless amounts of energy educating and caring for others. It is crucial to our survival that we check in and support each other in this journey of decolonizing our parenting. In this session, we will create space to collectively examine our colonized practices of motherhood and challenge our inherited pathologies while strategizing around tools that can support this work in community going forward.

Facilitators will share the framework for our Radical Mama Educator group, which is a NYCoRE (NY Collective of Radical Educators) inquiry-to-action group (ItAG), and all participants will exchange experiences and strategies that allow us to decolonize motherhood while building community. Self-identified women, gender non-conforming, trans women, and femmes who are birth, adoptive, and foster mamas who identify as people of color are invited to invited to pause and reflect on our incredible collective work while recalling the words of Audre Lorde: “we were never meant to survive”. Let us be strategic about building a future in which we not only survive, but we thrive… because if we don’t, who will?

Speakers: Nadia Williams, Sarita Covington