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2019 Dialogue:

Forum on Community, Culture & Race — Art and Rebellion: Detroit Since ’67

Featuring keynote speaker and moderator Dr. Thomas Sugrue; panelists Tawana Petty, Dr. Melba Boyd, Ahmed Abuznaid, Martina Guzman; performances by Abby Dobson and Las Cafeteras.

RSVPs for this program have reached maximum capacity.
Due to the high level of interest in this event, seats will be available on a FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE basis beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those who have RSVP’d but fail to arrive by 6:00 p.m. risk having their seats released to the general public.
An overflow room will be available in the Museum’s Courtyard where the event will be livestreamed. Light refreshments will be available in both spaces.

Dr. Thomas J. Sugrue
Sugrue is professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, the founding director of the Collaborative on Global Urbanism, and the director of the Program in American Studies at New York University. The author of four books including the multiple-award-winning The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press), he contributes to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Nation, and Salon. Sugrue grew up in Detroit. He finds the roots of today’s urban poverty in a hidden history of racial violence, discrimination and deindustrialization that reshaped the American urban landscape after World War II.

Abby Dobson
Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Dobson creates music to inspire audiences to reflect on the world we live in and engage in action to promote transformative social change. She creates music to privilege black female voices and highlight the human condition. Inspired by AAPF’s social justice work, Dobson composed and performs “Say Her Name” in tribute to the black women lost to state and non-state violence.

Tawana Petty
Known by her stage name, “Honeycomb,” Tawana Petty is a mother, poet, author, youth advocate, and social justice organizer, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She currently serves as a board member for The James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, a researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project, and is a Detroit Equity Action Lab fellow and member of The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.

Dr. Gloria House
Gloria House, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Humanities and African American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Associate Professor Emerita in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of Wayne State University. She is the former Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, from which she retired in 2014.

Ahmed Abuznaid
Born in Jerusalem, Palestinian-American Ahmed Abuznaid was motivated by the murder of Trayvon Marten to co-found Dream Defenders and serves as director for Take on Hate, which aims to dispel harmful stereotypes of Arab and Muslim Americans.

Martina Guzman
Martina Guzman is an award-winning reporter and journalist and a graduate of the Journalism School at Columbia University. As a community reporter dedicated to giving a voice to marginalized groups, Guzman was named Best Individual Reporter by the Associated Press of Michigan for her work at WDET.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Annex @ Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

Workshop + performance with Mokoomba


Zimbabwe’s most celebrated young band offers lyrical yet breezy music straight from the heart of Zimbabwean society, culture and tradition. Their name is a Tonga word that indicates “great respect for the river.” The Zambezi River touches five African countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique) and serves as a melting pot for not only diverse African cultures but also innumerable international visitors. Mokoomba reflects the power and diversity of the Zambezi River in highly energetic and deeply soulful performances.

Free admission; RSVP to reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/mokoombaworkshop

2-4 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
Alkebu-Lan Village
7701 Harper Ave., Detroit

Workshop + performance with Las Cafeteras


These children of immigrants remix roots music and tell modern day stories with what LA Times calls a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.” The band is taking the music world by storm with its international instrumentation, crossing genres and musical borders with infectious live performances. Las Cafeteras features four versatile vocalists infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. Witness sounds ranging from Afro-Mexican to Americana, from traditional to electric, from English to Spanish with all the emotions in between.

Free admission; RSVP to reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/lascafeterasworkshop

12 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

White Panther Party: A Historic Reunion Commemorating the 1967 Rebellion

The White Panthers was an anti-racist and anti-imperialist white American political collective founded in 1968 by Pun Plamondon, Leni Sinclair and John Sinclair in response to an interview where Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was asked what white people could do to support the Black Panthers. Newton replied that they could form a White Panther Party. This panel includes Pun Plamondon; Leni Sinclair; Genie Parker and John Sinclair, with moderator Peter Werbe.

2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
5-6 p.m. Book signing + merchandise for sale in the Museum Store
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
In the General Motors Theater

Community Talking Circle w/ Martha Redbone


All ages welcome!
RSVP requested HERE.

11 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
American Indian Health & Family Services
4880 Lawndale St., Detroit