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  • Story Circle: A Question of Place – Race & Spoken Word in Washington, D.C.

    When: Thursday, October 22, 12–12:45 p.m. ET
    Where: Streaming online
    Category: Narrative Session
    Accessibility: ASL interpretation, real-time captioning available
    Anti-apartheid protest in Washington, D.C., circa 1984. Photo by Rick Reinhard

    Anti-apartheid protest in Washington, D.C., circa 1984. Photo by Rick Reinhard

    This session contributes to the dialogue generated by the mobilization of Black Lives Matter and a growing demand for transformative social and racial justice across the nation. Historian Kimberly Springle moderates a conversation with Washington, D.C., natives Michelle Banks and Kenny Carroll along with Salvadoran immigrant Quique Aviles about how they have deployed theater and poetry to express and grapple with the issue of race. 

    Once a predominantly Black city, D.C. has been the site of social justice struggles since its beginnings. The Washington metropolitan area also has the second largest Salvadoran immigrant community in the country. Active as cultural activists for over three decades, Kenny, Quique, and Michelle will examine the intersecting histories of D.C.’s Black and Latinx communities, from the founding of the LatinNegro theater collective in 1985 to the creation of the country’s first Youth Poetry Slam League in the 1990s to the present.

    Accessibility

    Real-time captioning (CART) and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program while it’s live. To access, please follow the links below.


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