Our 2021 program

This year will demand dedication, determination, resilience, and continued creativity from Black organizations, their organizers and members.  Our communities face a myriad of challenges due to the global pandemic, ongoing health crisis and its’ repercussions. While 2020 brought successes in electoral, legislative and community campaigns, the national political climate makes this fight for justice is more urgent then ever.

BOLD is committed to continuing our training courses virtually, while we prepare and implement a new regional-based training structure (when immunity and community conditions become feasible), until, ultimately, we are able to resume national in-person training.  We strive to strengthen the leadership skills, capacity, and effectiveness of Black directors, new organizers and their organizations.

Upcoming Course applications

Amandla ONLINE

Amandla Online is a five day virtual course and is the basis of our organizer training. It focuses on unleashing your leadership and orienting you towards the work of building power. If you are new to organizing or looking to “get back to basics,” this is the place to begin. Amandla Fundamentals or Amandla Online is a prerequisite for taking Amandla Praxis. 

Amandla is a series of organizing trainings designed to provide a strong foundation in the core skills and principles of building people power.  Amandla courses are open to Black organizers currently working with an organization, with priority given to organizations whose director or lead organizer has attended BOLD. 

Training Dates:  March 15 -19 or July 12 – 16

Application Opens:  February 2nd

Applications DUE: February 15th or June 14th

4B Online: Bold Basics for Black Bodies

This an introductory/refresher course will support participants in deepening their understanding of and connection to their body’s wisdom.  Most of us have learned to compartmentalize our thoughts and emotions, and at best, take care of our bodies as objects.  Through coming home to the body and integrating our emotional and thinking selves, we become more able to manage life’s inevitable pressures with less reactivity and anxiety, to accept and trust ourselves and build trust with others, and to take action consistently that is aligned with our values and vision.

Training Dates:  April 26 – 30

Application Opens:  February 2nd

Applications DUE: March 22nd

Transforming Conflict 

This course is designed for directors and lead organizers to develop and support you in your role as an organization and movement leader who often faces the need to facilitate conflict. The robust curriculum for this course is taught by experienced teachers and practitioners and rooted in transformation for liberation. There are three domains of learning in this course; Political Education, Transformative Organizing & Embodied Leadership

Please be aware that applicants must have the explicit support of their organization and supervisor in order to participate.

Training Dates:  July 19-23

Application Opens:  February 2nd

Applications DUE: June 21st


2021 Offerings may also include:

  • Beyond the Wound:  Leading from Black Wholeness 
  • Mbongi: Assessing Political Conditions Together

We have selected and prioritized these components of our longer training in order to address specific needs that former participants have identified as long-standing issues in their work. 

Beyond The Wound: Leading From Black Wholeness

Through this course, Directors and Lead Organizers will strengthen their connection to their own innate resilience, as well as learn practices to cultivate that resilience, a skill that’s even more necessary in times of increased pressure and stress.  In addition to deepening this resourcefulness in service to more sustainable work and greater capacity in general, they will develop an understanding of habitual patterns of reactivity that limit their agency and choice, and keep them from moving consistently and effectively toward their goals.  Without minimizing or ignoring the many significant ways in which trauma and oppression have hurt us, this course will support participants in developing their ability to live and organize from their wholeness.

This course will be offered twice, and is recommended for those who have completed the full BOLD Directors and Leads course, although this is not a requirement.

By end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify habitual ways you react and the contractions that live inside you, limiting your actions and possibilities, in order to have more choice and agency;
  • Identify what deeply nourishes your well-being and aliveness, including movement work itself, and develop practices for strengthening your connection to that aliveness, for the sake of greater effectiveness, clearer strategies and sustainable leadership; 
  • Understand your relationship to time and scheduling, what creates overwhelm and stress, and strategies for managing your priorities more effectively; and,
  • Live–and lead–inside of contradictions without collapsing or overextending, instead navigating these contradictions toward transformation and possibility.

Training Dates: TBD

Application Opens: TBD

Applications DUE: TBD

Mbongi: Assessing Political Conditions Together

(Mbongi is a political concept from the Kikongo language and refers to the coming together of community members to explain and assess the issues and challenges faced by the community, explore possible solutions, and create strategies for action.)

This course is open to Organizers, Lead Organizers and Directors who have completed any BOLD course and  will provide a post-election, end-of-the-year “bookend” to the exploration we begin in our National Gathering at the start of the year.   Through focusing on assessing our work over this year, the lessons, achievements and losses of this electoral period, we will build a shared framework for ongoing coordination.   During the course, we will explore how our politics currently live in our bodies, and how we can shift those shapes in service to embody our political vision and analysis more powerfully, and strengthen our ability to take more effective collective action.

By end of the course you will be able to:

  • Connect with others in principled and direct ways that help to build a strong collective body capable of effective coordinated action grounded in a shared understanding of political conditions;
  • Identify areas of political agreement and disagreement with others without personalizing these, and develop ways to work together  that protect everyone’s dignity as well as the possibility of continuing to learn from each other; and,
  • Authentically share your political assessments, experience, theories, ideas, and questions and invite those of others in order to learn from and strategize with peers; and
  • Build a foundation of equal knowledge and assessment as a ground for coordinated political action.

Training Dates: TBD

Application Opens: TBD

Applications DUE: TBD

Maroon Mastery

Out of deep respect for the painful choices and incredible dangers faced by those Africans who chose varying levels of maroonage (escape from slavery), we have named this course in their honor, even while recognizing the vast difference in our contemporary experience — housed in a protected and well-maintained retreat center, guaranteed three meals a day, with medical support nearby if needed.   

This course is open to Lead Organizers and Directors who have completed any BOLD course and are seeking further rigorous, intensive and transformative experience to become powerful catalysts and masterful embodiments of Black Liberation. 

At the center of Maroon Mastery is the belief that leadership is not simply a place in an organizational structure, it is a discipline and a path. In order for us to lead organizations capable of winning liberation, we must be able to break the chains of fear and internalized inferiority, and balance trust in ourselves and our autonomy with interdependence and a capacity to trust and be trusted by others.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Take effective, rigorous, precise and disciplined action–even when you are afraid;
  • Understand, feel deeply, and respond supportively to both the suffering and the joy of others.
  • Stand confidently in your authentic vision, values and beliefs while remaining open to learning and change;
  • Accept responsibility for your actions and their impact on others with dignity and openness to change and repair;
  • Restore your strength, health, and well-being after experiencing difficult challenges.

Training Dates: TBD  | Location: TBD

Application Opens: TBD | Applications DUE: TBD

Emergent Strategy Facilitation
Training for BOLD

This course is for Organizers, Lead Organizers & Directors who have completed any BOLD course and would like to increase their facilitation skills for the sake of their leadership roles and responsibilities; creating alignment in groups; moving people into right action and being in right relationship with change. Facilitation is more than having a great agenda; it requires clarity on your purpose, and clarity on who you are serving, who is in the room and what they are trying to achieve. This is an intimate course where participants will increase their facilitation techniques and purpose. They will learn how emergent strategy can be used in their meetings, and how to understand the value facilitation as another critical piece of the work necessary to build power.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Assess your own facilitation skills and development with greater accuracy;
  • Understand the elements and principles of emergent strategy and use these and related tools in your facilitation; Lessons on the elements, principles and tools for emergent strategy; and 
  • Facilitate small and large groups with greater effectiveness and impact. 

Training Dates: TBD

Application Opens: TBD | Applications DUE: TBD