Book Talk: Blair Imani: Making Our Way Home
Join BookWoman and our co-sponsor allgo in welcoming Blair Imani, author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History, to celebrate her new book, Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream. Blair will be a signing books after her talk.
Over the course of six decades, an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the South and spread across the nation in search of a better life--a migration that sparked stunning demographic and cultural changes in twentieth-century America.Through gripping and accessible historical narrative paired with 40 illustrations,Making our Way Homeexplores issues like segregation and discrimination alongside the flourishing of arts and culture, activism and civil rights. Imani shows how these influences shaped America's workforce and wealth distribution by featuring the stories of notable people and events, relevant data, and family histories. The experiences of prominent figures such as James Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X), Ella Baker, and others are woven into the larger historical and cultural narratives of the Great Migration to create a truly singular record of this powerful journey.
Author Bio: Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books:Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History(2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. Blair has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, presented at colleges and universities, spoken at conferences around the world, and delivered powerful talks for organizations and brands including TEDx and GLAAD.
Blair Imani was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended Louisiana State University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in history. Blair is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, queer, and Muslim identity.
allgo is a statewide queer people of color organization and offers a variety of programs to support QPOC. Our programming broadly falls into the following categories: cultural arts, wellness, and social justice. https://allgo.org/