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#BlackTrust with Kiese Laymon and Porsha O.

When: February 22, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Ages allowed: All Ages
Cost: Free
#BlackTrust with Kiese Laymon and Porsha O.
Join Boston Ujima Project for Ujima’s #BlackTrust: Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series, the final event in our series We Be Knowin: A Boston Ujima Project Celebration of Everyday Democracy.
PLEASE RSVP. This event will take place on Zoom, and will be live streamed on Facebook. A recording will be made available on Youtube after the event.
We are excited to welcome Kiese Laymon and Porsha Olayiwola as our latest guests in the Black Trust lecture series!
About our featured speaker:
Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. The audiobook, read by the author, was named the Audible 2018 Audiobook of the Year. Heavy was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction and the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. It was named a best book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly.
About our featured artist:
Porsha Olayiwola is from the future! Black, poet, queer-dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha is a native of Chicago who now resides in Boston. Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the artistic director at MassLEAP, a literary youth organization. Olayiwola is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College. Porsha Olayiwola is the author of i shimmer sometimes, too published by Button Poetry and is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston.
Black Trust: Chuck Turner Arts and Lecture Series brings community together to discuss concepts which frame the relationships in a community — trust, belief, and faith. Black Trust is creating a space for people to learn, trust, and believe in each other.