Authors Speak: The Impact of Race on American Society
Black cultural awareness, or “wokeness,” is a state of being that many believe can be achieved. However, attaining awareness is a journey & a continuous practice, in order to gain understanding. The study and acceptance of black history and culture is an ongoing process that is decided upon and then embarked upon.
Everyone is at different points in the journey. Some are exploring it alone. Others join book clubs and study groups, and some enroll in degree programs, or pursue scholarly endeavors. Some are aware of black history and culture and its impact on our society; others are not. And still others have decided not to acknowledge the importance of other cultures at all. They seek, instead, to diminish or eliminate their very existence.
Through their collaboration with The Authors Speak Series, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Arts Garage and Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have decided to provide an exciting opportunity for those who are on the journey towards greater understanding. The Authors Speak Series is an opportunity to have interesting, enlightening conversations with writers who have cultivated a perspective on black cultural awareness through their research and personal experiences.
Together, the Spady Museum, Arts Garage and CRA intend to create more pathways for people to make progress toward understanding others and hopefully welcome more people to join the journey along the way.
Dr. Marquis Bey is a professor of African American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and English at Northwestern University. Their work focuses on black feminism, transgender and nonbinary identities, abolition, and philosophy. Most recently the author of two books Black Trans Feminism and Cistem Failure: Essays on Blackness and Cisgender (Duke University Press, 2022) they continue to work at the intersections of race, gender, and radical politics.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Black Trans Feminism
Black Trans Feminism retools what we mean by blackness, transness, and feminism. No longer simply identities that people are, Bey thinks about these terms as ways of being; in other words, blackness, transness, and feminism are politics, they are things one does radically, subversively. Black Trans Feminism, then, is a book that asks readers to think about what is possible when blackness, transness, and feminism mean radical change instead of simply who or what someone is.
Books are available in limited quantities for all attendees on the evening of the event!
Enjoy plant based bites by Chef Samuel Woods, The Rabbit Hole & Elevated Vegan Comfort Cuisine
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