Alice Coltrane’s California Dream Realized: Black Spiritual Resistance as Black Radical Tradition in the California Landscape

Authors: Omawu Enobabor*,
Topics: Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: black geographies, California, free jazz, alice coltrane
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda is largely known as John Coltrane’s wife, phenomenal harp player, and an ambassador of the Free Jazz movement. However, very few speak about the Ashram she built in Southern California. Founded in 1983, the Shanti Anathan Ashram in Agoura, California was built by Alice Coltrane as she continued her shared spiritual journey within Hinduism after the passing of John Coltrane. The Ashram continues after her own transition as a site of Black alternative religious and spiritual exercise in Southern California. This paper seeks to explore the impact of this ashram as a portal toward interrogating themes pronounced in the text edited by Clyde Woods et all entitled Black California Dreamin': The Crises of California's African-American Communities.

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