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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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