We encourage you to bring a personally meaningful image or artifact to share as we express our gratitude for African American elders and ancestors of the Alexandria Community.
The Alexandria People's Assembly Dedicates This Sound Bath to the Life and Legacy of Alexandria Historian and Civic Advocate Mrs. Annie Beatrice Bailey Rose
Photo Descriptions (1) Educator and Civil Rights Leader Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune is pictured with Alexandria Historian and Civic Advocate Mrs. Annie Beatrice Bailey Rose at the May 1948 Founder’s Day for the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth. Founder Mrs. Jennie Dean was the formerly enslaved aunt of Annie B. Rose, who established Northern Virginia’s first institute of higher learning for Black people in 1893
(2) Annie B. Rose was the daughter of Rev. Lewis Henry Bailey, who was trafficked and sold at this Alexandria Slave Pen as an enslaved boy. Mrs. Rose advocated for 1315 Duke Street to be granted National Historic Landmark status. Mrs Rose was the founder of the Alexandria Society for the preservation of Black Heritage. She is pictured with two Alexandria youth in front of the building now known as Freedom House.
(3) In May 1952, Mrs. Annie B. Rose, as President of The Women's Civic Club of Alexandria. wrote this letter advocating for Mr. Ferdinand T. Day to be the first African American appointed to the Alexandria City School Board. At that time, the school board members were appointed not elected.
Images Courtesy of the Alexandria Black History Museum Archives
Come soak up great vibrations and experience the PLTI Alexandria People’s Assembly 2023-2024 Community Wellness Series. Our 2023 Juneteenth Symposium Community Partners Lazarus Ministries and PIES Fitness Yoga Studio are returning to host 4 family friendly sound baths to celebrate Kwanzaa in December. We will honor Black History Month in February. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We will commemorate Indigenous People’s Day in October to close out this series.
Why Are We Hosting a Community Wellness Series? Sounds can promote mental and emotional well-being. African sound instruments create an atmosphere conducive to wellness. In Northern Virginia, your chances for reaching age 75 depend largely on your race and ethnicity, and where you live. The PLTI Alexandria People's Assembly is building community and empowering advocacy to combat these predictive socioeconomic conditions. A building block for a healthy community, is collective well being. We hope you will join us for a moment of wellness and relaxation. Read more in our Call for an Alexandria African American Wellness Hub
Frequently Asked Questions About Sound Baths
What Is a Sound Bath? A sound bath, also known as African Sound Therapy supports a state of deep relaxation and stress reduction. A sound bath is a meditative experience where participants "bathe" in sound waves. These sounds are produced live by various instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and the human voice.
What Happens During a Sound Bath? You show up. Stretch out on a yoga mat. Listen, relax and enjoy. This is a guided experience. After a sound bath, participants may be advised to move slowly when transitioning to a seated position. We encourage you to stay hydrated, get rest, and be relaxed.
What Should I Wear? This is a come as you are event. You will be lying down on a yoga mat, so please dress comfortably.
What Should I Bring? You are welcome to bring your yoga mat. A cold room is part of the experience so you might want a blanket and pillow.
Who Can Attend? Everyone is welcome. This is a community event for all ages. Space is limited so advanced registration is necessary.
Should My Children Participate? Please consider if being quiet and still for any length of time is difficult as movement, fidgeting or talking is disruptive to other participants. Children of all ages are welcome.