In 2013, Cousins received a grant to help 15 Brooklyn residents create their own interpretations of Brer Rabbit Day. With the help of Gather Brooklyn, they organized a public Brer Rabbit Day celebration in BedStuyand started uploading their individual projects to this website. Click here for photos of the celebration.
On May 1, 2011 Cousins teamed up with Lloyd & Hillary of Breadstuy, her favorite local coffee shop to do this score about her favorite fictional black holiday. It goes: “Celebrate Brer Rabbit Day”
|Story #1 Started by a group of AME school teachers in the early 1980’s, Brer Rabbit Day was created to protest the commercialization of one of the church’s most sacred holidays, Easter. Unable to convince the children to give up their candy baskets and chocolate bunnies, the teachers designed a secular holiday, Brer Rabbit Day, on which the children could indulge in Easter bunny related crafts and sweets while celebrating their cultural heritage.||Story #2 Brer Rabbit Day is a fictitious holiday created by Langston Hughes as part of the Simple stories. Simple, who is unable to buy his sweetheart an Easter basket until pay day, makes up the holiday to explain why he cannot buy her candy until the Sunday after Easter, Brer Rabbit Day. She initially falls for the ruse, but later dumps him when she catches him coming out of another woman’s apartment with a plate of leftovers on Easter.|
Here’s what one guest at the Brer Rabbit Day celebration had to say