BGX Walks bring you into a reconstructed New Netherland, British New York, and the first century of New York City as a United States City. Participants witness the impact of the African Diaspora on the making of New York City through real people whose images have been erased. Insight and empathy allow emotional connections to these character-based stories that stay with you after the experience ends. To book, please contact blackgotham@kamaustudios.com.

These walks are available primarily as private groups and secondarily as limited public experiences. Our public BGX Walks are organized in Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons which include special events such as open studios, talks, and exhibitions. The next season is BGX Spring 2022.

 

FIGHTING DARK 

The Shed commissioned Kamau Ware of Black Gotham Experience to create a digital audio and video tour titled Fighting Dark in dialogue with the investigation of the legacy of racial violence in the United States in the exhibition Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water that premiered from October 16th 2020 to March 28th 2021. You can find the digital experience on The Shed’s website.

FIGHTING DARK is the latest BGX Walk available as a private walk and limited engagement until BGX Spring 2022. The next engagement is Saturday December 4th 2021 | 4pm-5:30pm

Meet up: Tweed Courthouse 52 Chambers Street NY, NY 10007 | Final stop: Foley Square

Walk Guide: Kamau Ware | Walk Host: Kei Williams

 

FIGHTING DARK speaks to a dark side of American history as well as the dark-skinned people who have been impacted by it, especially the Black New Yorkers who fled in the dark of night during the 1863 riots and those who enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War in what was called the “Colored Troops 20th Infantry” from New York City. This walk provides a platform to draw out lessons on how Black people find resilience in the face of racial violence.

Journalist Tiffany Martinbrough published an article September 4th 2021 titled A Massacre Happened in New York City In The Summer of 1863, But Nobody Seems To Know About It that features FIGHTING DARK and an interview with Kamau Ware. Below is the FIGHTING DARK video.