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North Carolina Immersion Report

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In September, we came together for our first place-based immersion for Cohort 3 in Durham, North Carolina. Our trip started with a powerful grounding in place and context setting at Stagville Plantation, led by indigenous leaders and descendants from Stagville. We visited with partners EarthSeed and Sankofa Farms, who are doing food and land justice and sovereignty work. We made time for activities such as a Whistle Stop Tour about activist icon Pauli Murray, and an excursion to enjoy the Saxapahaw River via kayak and hiking. We laughed, ate delicious food, and bubbled over with new ideas about growing movements and what it means to take care of ourselves and our communities.

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