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Revealing & Healing Histories: Racial Covenants Then and Now
September 26, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An inspiring event featuring an educational bike tour, live performance, music,
and the premiere of “Jim Crow of the North Stories,”
the new series from Twin Cities PBS that looks at how Minneapolis residents have responded to the rising awareness of racist covenants, red lining, and other forms of damaging segregation.
The evening will explore the history of systemic racism while lifting up Black resistance and resilience in the past as well as present day changemakers looking to right historical housing injustices.
- The event will feature:
- 5:45 pm Family-friendly, slow bike ride tour weaving through the blocks that were covered in covenants surrounding the Parkway Theater with songstress Jayanthi Rajasa. See and feel a small portion of this history.
- 6pm Pre-show reception in the lobby will feature visual art and resources for organizations seeking to illuminate and/or repair the harm done by racial covenants. Twin Cities residents can learn more about what actions they can take to decrease the racial disparities in home ownership.
- 7 pm Screening & performances, The premiere of “Jim Crow of the North Stories”, the new series from Twin Cities PBS produced by Daniel Bergin and live music, poetry, and readings from Twin Cities luminaries, as listed below:
Daniel Pierce Bergin is a filmmaker whose work focuses on history and diversity through restorative narratives. The Twin Cities PBS Executive Producer is a winner of 15 Regional Emmy Awards. He has been recognized as a MN State Arts Board Fellow, a City Pages Artist of the Year, and a Bush Leadership Fellow for his work in community media.
Autumn Brown is a mother, artist and facilitator based in Minneapolis. She co-hosts the podcast “How to Survive the End of the World,” and supports movements for social justice and healing as a co-owner of AORTA, a worker-owned cooperative of facilitators and movement strategists. Autumn is a singer/songwriter and an author of speculative fiction. Her writing has been featured in Lightspeed Magazine, the Procyon Science Fiction Anthology, Octavia’s Brood, and Revolutionary Mothering.
Anthony Ceballos is a poet, writer, and turkey sandwich enthusiast. He lives, breathes and writes in Minneapolis. He can be found penning staff recommendations at Birchbark Books and Native Arts. He is a first generation descendant of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Josina Manu Maltzman (all pronouns welcome) is a writer by passion, carpenter by trade, and a rabble-rouser by everything else. Jo loves to build: structures, stories, movements. Josina believes in personal narratives as tools for change, and that storytelling helps us to understand our world better.
Susan Raffo (she/her) is a writer, cultural worker and bodyworker who does much of her work through the Healing Histories Project, a national project, as well as locally as a core group member of REP, a Black-led network showing up to support others in moments of crisis or urgency, with care and respect for the full dignity and autonomy of those in crisis. Raffo is the author of Queerly Classed (1997), Restricted Access (1999), and Liberated to the Bone (forthcoming AK Press: 2022). You can find her writing and other work at www.susanraffo.com.
Jayanthi Rajasa is an archivist songstress collecting songs that speak to her struggle and empowerment and ability to be, change, and move forward while honoring the unremembered changers and movers of yore. She sings for people passing worlds(new or old or hardly used – meaning births and children, hospice and funerals, free and incarcerated, loved or lost) and has been in more than 10 bands in The Twin Cities. Jayanthi is born of an East Indian Man and an Afro-Indigenous Woman. She loves the Theater! She loves being a teaching artist to every age and ability and holding song or poetry circles. She loves healing. She continues to work with the Million Artist Movement to dismantle racism and injustice towards people of color and dream collectively to produce actions for change and Black Liberation. Jayanthi also works with Mama Mosaic on Minnesota Girls Are Not For Sale seeking freedom for women and girl sex slaves in Minnesota. People Power Change.
Miré Regulus is a mover, writer, director, performance artist & community builder. She works the ‘transformative intersection’ using non-linear, rich, poetical prose; through where her work is sited/sighted; and explorations in how body/movement/gesture hold what we know. The anchoring tenets of her work are: for the audience to leave asking different questions than when they arrived and the call, “i belong everywhere.”
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.