Coloring the Canon: An Annual Literary Journey Towards Liberation and Empathy

September 9, 2023 @ 2:00PM — 3:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Harriet Tubman UGRR Visitor Center Pavilion : 4068 Golden Hill Road Church Creek, MD 21622 Get Directions

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A fundraising event in honor of International Literacy Day to raise awareness for local and global literacy challenges.

“Coloring the Canon” is a communal invitation to reimagine the region’s defining literature and empower diverse communities as authors of their own narratives.

Join us for an MPS ranger-led welcome to Tubman Country! The event will include light refreshments, creative workshops for participants to design their own cover art, a book signing and an inspiring keynote discussion with a seminal Chesapeake author of color:

James T. Roane, Professor of Africana Studies and Geography and Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, Rutgers University

Meet Tidewater native Dr. Roane, Academy Board Member and author of Dark Agoras: Insurgent Black Social Life and the Politics of Place. Hardcover and e-book copies of his book are available for purchase here, discounts will be provided to event attendees.

All proceeds benefit the The Needle's Eye Academy Fund and the Needle's Eye Academy Unbound Scholarship for the prestigious Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference at Washington College—“home to the largest undergraduate literary prize in America, more than the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award combined”: Sponsorship packages are available upon request.

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$2,020 raised by 18 people


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