[Blackstudies-l] TODAY:​philip agnew and Aja Monet on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7pm in the College Union Ballroom

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Tue Apr 9 12:46:36 EDT 2019


Join philip agnew and Aja Monet for a

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration


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agnew and Monet are cofounders of Smoke Signals studio, a collective of
musicians, visual artists, poets, and organizers invested in positivity,
creativity, and community in Miami.





*Tuesday, April 9*

*5:30-7pm in the College Union Ballroom*







This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Black Studies
Program, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Teaching
Learning Center, the History Department, the English Department, the Women
and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Integrative Learning.


Geneseo will be hosting philip agnew and Aja Monet for the annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7pm in the College
Union Ballroom. agnew and Monet are co-founders of Smoke Signals studio, a
collective of musicians, visual artists, poets, and organizers invested in
positivity, creativity, and community in Miami.

 phillip agnew was one of the co-founders of the student-led Dream
Defenders in 2012 after the murder of Trayvon Martin. He has been called
“one of this generation’s leading voices.” Both EBONY magazine and The Root
have identified him as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in
the nation. In 2018, he transitioned from his role as co-director of the
Dream Defenders and now travels the country training and organizing where
“the movement” hasn’t touched.

 Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American poet, performer, and educator awarded
the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title and internationally
recognized for combining her spellbound voice and vivid poetic imagery on
stage. In 2018, Aja Monet’s first full collection of poetry, My Mother Was
a Freedom Fighter, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding
Literary Work. She will sign copies of her book after the program.

 You can learn more about both speakers, as well as Smoke Signals and the
Dream Defenders at the links below. You can also see Aja and phil giving a
recent Ted Talk on “The Power of Art as Organizing.”

 The annual King Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Office of the
Provost, the Black Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Programs
and Services, Teaching Learning Center, History Department, Women and
Gender Studies Program, the Department of English and the Center for
Integrative Learning.

 http://www.smokesignalsstudio.org/about

 https://www.dreamdefenders.org/home


https://www.ted.com/talks/aja_monet_and_phillip_agnew_a_love_story_about_the_power_of_art_as_organizing
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