The African American Studies Department presents Black History Month: Our Democracy

Keynote event: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Black History Month: our Democracy

LaShonda Katrice Barnett was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974, and grew up in Park Forest, Illinois. She is the author of the debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove 2015; paperback 2/2016) and a story collection (1999). Designated a Stonewall Honor Award by the American Library Association (2016), Jam was an Editor’s Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune; won ElIe Magazine’s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. The novel was shortlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize and is a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Follow The Drinking Gourd: Healing In Africana Communities

This keynote event provides a space for dialogue about healing in Africana communities. Rashida Bumbray, a Brooklyn-based curator and choreographer, and Senior Program Manager of the Arts Exchange at Open Society Foundations is the featured keynote guest.

Ms. Bumbray’s talk titled “The Value of Black Spaces” includes an abbreviated screening of Black America Again (with Common, Stevie Wonder, and Rashida Bumbray and the Dance Diaspora Collective). Ms. Bumbray will discuss her participation in Black America Again as an effort to cultivate healing in Freddie Gray’s community in Baltimore and beyond. At the keynote event, Ms. Bumbray will also perform “Untitled (Red),” and there will be a panel discussion and student reading.