[Blackstudies-l] SAVE THE DATE: philip agnew and Aja Monet in Geneseo on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7pm in the College Union

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Fri Mar 29 07:35:59 EDT 2019

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, and Center for Integrative Learning.


*https://www.dreamdefenders.org/home <https://www.dreamdefenders.org/home>*

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