In partnership with The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, part of the CounterCulturalists series, join us for an evening commemorating prolific rebels and bohemians of color; Asian-American activist Grace Lee Boggs, Puerto Rican poet Pedro Pietri, Puerto Rican labor activist Bernardo Vega, Afro-Trinidadian essayist C.L.R. James, and Pakistani intellectual Eqbal Ahmad.
Watch a clip from American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, the new documentary film about 98-year-old Detroit-based Asian American activist legend Grace Lee Boggs. Poet Urayoán Noel—author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam—talks about avant-garde poet Pedro Pietri, the Nuyorican Movement co-founder who called himself a reverend, donned black robes and carried a large collapsible cross to mourn US imperialism. New School Professor Carolina González links together Puerto Rican labor activist Bernardo Vega and Afro-Trinidadian essayist C.L.R. James, one of the central intellectuals of post-colonial Marxism and the African diaspora. Learn about the man Edward Said called “the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of Asia and Africa”—Pakistani intellectual Eqbal Ahmad. Columbia University Professor Manan Ahmed talks about this anti-nationalist scholar who was once tried for conspiracy to kidnap Henry Kissinger.
Drop by at 6pm and get a free poster screen-printed for you by the artists of CultureStrike, and participate in Michael Paul Britto’s The Brown Man Experience. For more information visit elmuseo.org/the-brown-man-experience and check out aaww.org/counterculturalists for other events in this series.
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