The Orisha Project is the umbrella organization for two initiatives. Our mission is to educate the public on black history and experience.

 

Welcome to the Beginning

 

The Orisha Story

This is a story of two women.

One black.  One white.

We were good friends with a lot in common.  We’ve both been beaten down and know how hard it is to get back up.  We understand exactly how much kindness can mean.  But despite our similarities, we’ve lived different lives.

 

One of us had more to learn than the other.

outstretched black hand with gold tipped finger

The Orisha Story

This is a story of two women.

One black.  One white.

We were good friends with a lot in common.  We’ve both been beaten down and know how hard it is to get back up.  We understand exactly how much kindness can mean.  But despite our similarities, we’ve lived different lives.

One of us had more to learn than the other.

 

We first met when my friend was trying to get a project for homeless veterans off the ground. I volunteered to help and our friendship began. 

We’ve both faced obstacles in our lives. We appreciate kindness and try to practice it. We’re interested in alternative spirituality and holistic health. We’re both funny and snarky and laugh a lot.

 Open Wounds

When racial unrest openly exploded in our country, our conversation shifted. She reminded me it wasn’t new, it was only new to me.  As our discussions continued, there were times when each of us felt defensive. But we kept talking. 

She started to tell me things I’d never heard. Names of people, events, inventions, scientific facts about the origins of humanity. 

I began to understand for all my willingness to join the fight against racism, I hadn’t been properly armed for the job. 

I was never confused about how black people are treated in America. Systemic racism is rampant in housing, employment and policing. What I didn’t know is how much I hadn’t been taught.

 

 

I’m embarrassed to admit, I didn’t realize that Egypt is part of Africa. I had no clue what the Tulsa Race Riots were until I saw them on The Watchmen. 

erasing black history

History has been erased. Everyone has suffered for it. Lack of knowledge is the source of ignorance. 


Ignorance breeds fear. 

Fear makes it easier to hate.

Not Just Me

Am I an anomaly?  No. I think there are hundreds of thousands of people like me. People who went to public schools and were taught the public curriculum. Old books and older lessons plans with little room for a complete truth.

We were taught a piece of a history. Without so much as a clue it was only a slice.

Black and white alike.  None of us knew.  Some of us still don’t.  This project is about making that history accessible. Learn about our ancestry at Basic Black or play your way through time at Bones of the Mother.  Get involved. Volunteer.  Help us. 

We need a common good for the wellbeing of all people.

My Note to Myself

John Lewis: Note to Self

ABOUT THΞ ØRISHA PROJECT

We are a small startup organization in Fayetteville, N. C. Our mission is to establish a common good by exposing humanity's common ancestry in Africa. We use education and experience to promote understanding in the hope of equality among all people.

Education: Basic Black

Experience: Bones of the Mother

CONTACT INFORMATION

PHONE:  (910) 623-0536 (call or text)

EMAIL:  info  @  theorishaproject.io

We are as paperless as possible so we will not post our mailing address.  If there's a reason to provide it, please contact us.