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 of All the Women in My Family Sing. In this dynamic evening, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.
Menen Hailu, originally from Ethiopia, is a graduate of Columbia University, with a master’s in human rights studies, concentrating on women’s rights and children’s rights. She has researched women living with HIV/AIDS and street children from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her documentary film, Young Voices New Dreams, stems from her thesis, “Human Rights of Street Children in Addis Ababa: A Gender Analysis and Perspectives of Street Children.” Hailu has taught human rights in combination with the creative arts to youth at risk, ages twelve to nineteen, in New York City at IMPACT Repertory Theatre. She is also a photographer and poet. To see the film, visit www.youngvoicesnewdreams.com.
Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari is a poet, essayist and fiction writer who finds inspiration from being a Bronx-bred Afro- Latina, Honduran and Garifuna, of Jamaican descent. She is a Callaloo Fellow, and has performed at the Bronx Library Center, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Café and for the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. She is currently writing her first novel through the MFA creative writing program at the College of New Rochelle. An excerpt of her novel can be found in Issue 33, the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of African Voices. Mercy can be found at mercytullisbukhari.com.