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Monday, February 6, 2023

Literary Pick of the Week: Making Minnesota Series Begins with “We Are Meant to Rise”

Last year’s events, from COVID to the killing of George Floyd, have spurred artists to share their thoughts on the past and the future. One of the best such books is We Must Rise (University of Minnesota Press), an anthology of indigenous and people of color voices testifying in poetry and essays about trauma, which we shared in 2021.

Book Cover Of We Must RiseThis program launches the Making of Minnesota series, a partnership between the Ramsey County Historical Society and the East Side Freedom Library that explores the often untold stories, histories, and experiences of the immigrant, African American, and First Nations communities that make up Minnesota.

Carolyn Holbrook and David Moura, writers, anthology co-editors and longtime diversity activists, will join the panelists for a panel discussion live via Zoom at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 13th. :

Suleiman Adan, writer, educator and grassroots organizer of the Twin Cities, teacher of the Quran, Arabic and Islamic studies at the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth, and Project Manager and Chairman of the Board of the Muslim Global Alliance for Equality.

Marcy Rendon
Marcy Rendon (courtesy Jaida Gray Eagle / The McKnight Foundation)

Marcy Rendon, citizen of the White Earth, award-winning author of the Cash Blackbear detective series, as well as children’s books, plays, short stories and poetry. She and Diego Vazquez received the 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for their work with female prisoners.

Kevin Young, a Twin Cities born and raised multimedia storyteller who finds much of her inspiration by talking about her Hmong American experiences with others. He creates in the environment of oral poetry and documentary films.

To register for the free discussion, go to: rchs.com/event/history-revealed-we-are-meant-to-rise/. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conference.

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