Event Date
Oct 26, 2017
Kemi Bello
Ola Osaze
Jaselia Gratini
Alan Pelaez Lopez

Alan Pelaez Lopez, Jaselia Gratini, Ola Osaze, Kemi Bello

Jaselia Gratini

Alan Pelaez Lopez

Kemi Bello

Kemi Bello, Jaselia Gratini, Ola Osaze

CRG Arts & Humanities Initiative presents…


Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley

“Black Migrant Writers Respond” is an intimate conversation and public reading with guests Kemi Bello (poet and cultural critic), Ola Osaze (non-fiction writer and community organizer), and Jaselia Gratini (poet, photographer, and entrepreneur) reflecting on what it means for them to create art in the midst of catastrophic violence against Black bodies and heightened xenophobic legislative policy. This conversation explores the ways in which Black immigrants are often left out of the immigrant rights movement and the ways in which the needs of Black immigrants often differ to those who are non-Black. Through this analysis, the writers explore the ways in which Blackness unsettles scholarship of illegality, undocumented life, latinidad and indigeneity and further nuances our understanding of race, migration, and queerness.

Sponsors: Multicultural Community Center, Ethnic Studies 5th Account, Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education (R.I.S.E.)