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Since the Women’s March took place in January 2017, there has been a growing sense of solidarity among women who refuse to be silenced. What began as a protest among women from every racial and socioeconomic background has evolved into a social and political movement. The last year has proven that women’s voices can make a difference. As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color.
Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation from the anthology All the Women in My Family Sing (Nothing But The Truth Publishing, 2018) as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. Today’s program features Natalie Baszile (author of Queen Sugar), Nashormeh Lindo (artist and educator), and Belva Davis (author of Never in My Wildest Dreams).
Visit Revelations: Art from the African American South to see paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by 22 acclaimed artists before it closes on April 1.
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Natalie Baszile, whose best-selling novel Queen Sugar was adapted for Oprah’s TV channel by award-winning director Ava DuVernay, has an M.A. in African American Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best [Books] of 2014, was long-listed for the Crook’s Corner Southern Book Prize and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and Hedgebrook. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Lenny Letter; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Rumpus.net; and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Natalie lives in San Francisco.
Belva Davis is the first Black woman to work as a television news reporter in the western United States. During her impressive career of nearly four decades, Belva has been honored with eight local Emmys, a number of lifetime achievement awards including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s, and honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, and in the HistoryMakers Library of Congress collection, both in Washington, D.C.
She was one of the founding directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Belva Davis has also received four honorary doctorates, and archives have been named for her at San Francisco State University and the Indiana University Bloomington Black Film Center. Her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, was published in 2011.
Nashormeh Lindo, artist/educator, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned an M.S. in education from the Bank Street College Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in art from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Lindo’s work in the arts is multidimensional. She works as a practicing visual artist/designer and as an educator/curator. Her professional background includes teaching, program planning, curriculum development and educational training at such institutions as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California. Lindo was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown. She serves as vice chair of the Council. She lives and works in the Bay Area and New Jersey.
Nayomi Munaweera is an award-winning author. Her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was shortlisted for the Northern California Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, was considered one of the most exciting releases of 2016 in publications from Elle magazine to Buzzfeed and won the Sri Lanka State Literary Prize. The New York Times has called Nayomi’s writing “luminous,” and her voice has been compared with that of Jhumpha Lahiri, Michael Ondaatje and Louise Erdrich. Her work has been widely anthologized in both fiction and non-fiction collections. Nayomi lives in Oakland, California, and is at work on her third novel. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.