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November 3, 2019
November 3, 2019 –
Join Shonda Buchanan and Kendrick Davis on November 3rd for Black Indians: Identity, Ethnicity, Landscape and Loss.
Shonda Buchanan reads from her memoir Black Indian. Dr. Kendrick Davis follows with a reading from, Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz. This event culminates in a conversation with the speakers.
Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan (1968) was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.
Dr. Davis is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation and Associate Professor at UCR’s new School of Medicine. He is proud to say that he also received his B.A. in Philosophy from Cal State San Bernardino, and grew up in the Inland Empire. His research emphasis is quality improvement research with a focus on vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. Dr. Davis is the Primary Investigator (PI) on a multi-million dollar federal grant. Further, Dr. Davis’ dissertation was published as a book, entitled, Connecting our Present and Future Selves: Examining the Impact of Reasoning, Motivation, and Self‐Regulatory Processes on Academic Achievement.
“My book is a prayer for my family. But as I think about it and talk about it more and more, my book is kind of a prayer for America, particularly now, with the rapid murdering of Black men and women.” —Shonda Buchanan
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UCR Center for Ideas and Society.
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November 7, 2019
November 7, 2019 –
In honor of Native American Heritage Month and Day of the Dead, Christina Guillén will lead this program where participants can commune with their ancestors. We’ll write letters, build an altar, and more.
The Riverside Public Library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, California 92501. This event starts at 7pm on Thursday, November 7th.
Christina Guillén is the author of the novel Cenquizqui and The Letters: A Prequel to Cenquizqui, as well as a series of zines on mixed-race called Halfmoonjefa. She studies Indigenous ways, shops at flea markets, and likes to ride her bike to abandoned parking lots in the I.E.
Thanks goes to our sponsors, Friends of the Library, and the Riverside Main Library
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