May 17: Book talk: Vanessa K. Valdés & Iris Morales in conversation

Join us at Word Up Community Bookshop as we welcome two scholars and activists whose works explore important touchstones in Puerto Rican history, latinidad, Blackness, gender, and social change—an author conversation and book signing with Vanessa K. Valdés, author of Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, and Iris Morales, author of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976.

The conversation will be introduced by writer and activist (and Word Up volunteer!) Amanda Alcantara, founder of La Galería magazine and contributor to Latinas: Struggles and Protests in 21st Century USA (edited by Iris Morales).

More about THROUGH THE EYES OF REBEL WOMEN: THE YOUNG LORDS, 1969-1976, written and edited by Iris Morales
This first account about the experiences of the women members is a “story within a story” told from the inside out. The Young Lords emerged in New York in the late sixties to fight poverty, racial and gender inequality, and the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Women in the Young Lords organized to build a people’s movement and fought the “revolution within the revolution” believing that women’s equality was inseparable from the society’s progress as a whole. Morales chronicles the revolutionary rise of the Young Lords, the role and contributions of its women members, and the group’s decline.

More about DIASPORIC BLACKNESS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ARTURO ALFONSO SCHOMBURG by Vanessa K. Valdés
A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. While he spent much of his life in New York City, Schomburg was intimately involved in the cause of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence. Valdés’s work is the first book-length examination of Schomburg’s life as an Afro-Latino, and suggests new ways of understanding the intersections of both Blackness and latinidad.

Vanessa K. Valdés’s previous book, Oshun’s Daughters, will also be available for sale.
Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA (edited by Iris Morales) is a timely collection of poetry and prose reflecting on women’s lived experiences and the ways that Latinas address the relationship between gender and social change.
Book talk: Vanessa K. Valdés & Iris Morales in conversation
Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032
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