26th Concert of Colors Forum on Community, Culture & Race:
State violence, trauma + healing through art

Thursday July 12, 2018 at the Arab American National Museum 
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

Book signing 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Ebeid Library & Resource Center
Forum 6:30-9:30 p.m. in The Annex @ AANM 

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE LIVE STREAMED AT: youtube.com/c/ArabAmericanNationalMuseum/live


**PLEASE NOTE** All empty seats in The Annex will be released to the wait list at 6:25 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. In order to guarantee a seat, please arrive early. Doors will open at 6:00, and the wait list will be available for sign-up at that time. There will also be overflow seating in the AANM Courtyard to watch the event via live stream.

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The Arab American National Museum presents this dynamic gathering of artists, activists and advocates exploring issues surrounding vulnerable communities. Through performance and dialogue, the Forum grapples with the role of art as a tool for advocacy and community building. Keynote speaker: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Admission is FREE and light refreshments will be served. RSVP required at http://bit.ly/2018CoCForum.

NOTE: Dr. Hanna-Attisha will sign copies of her new book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Random House), from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Ebeid Library & Resource Center at the Arab American National Museum, adjacent to The Annex @ AANM. Books will be available for purchase during the signing and after the Forum.

The Forum on Community, Culture & Race is presented as part of the Concert of Colors, Metro Detroit's FREE diversity music festival in Midtown Detroit produced by the Arab American National Museum.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a first-generation Iraqi American pediatrician and public health advocate. She is widely recognized as the whistle-blower who forced the state of Michigan to acknowledge toxic levels of lead in Flint’s water supply, and has been a prominent voice of the children of Flint throughout the crisis. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of public health and encouraging others to join her in providing assistance to Flint’s residents. Her new book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.


Sacramento Knoxx (panelist + performer) is a hardworking interdisciplinary artist with strong Detroit roots who has built community concerts and workshops that engaged many audiences in public spaces all around the city. Knoxx travels nationally and internationally sharing interactive music performances, blending captured moments in life & creative imagery through large projection motion graphics.

Charles Ezra Ferrell (moderator) is vice president of public programs at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, where he served as a consultant and founder of the acclaimed Liberation Film Series (2012-15) and director of public programs (2015-16).

Ananya Chatterjea (panelist + performer) is artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre and makes People Powered Dances of Transformation, intersecting women artists of color and social justice choreography. Chatterjea is professor of dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in dance studies and technique. She is currently writing her second book exploring the politics of “contemporary dance” from the perspective of artists from global communities of color.

Ani Cordero (panelist + performer) is a musician and music researcher. Her critically-acclaimed 2014 album Recordar received accolades from NPR’s All Things Considered, Alt-Latino, Soundcheck, Billboard, USA Today, PRI’s The World and more. Her latest album, Querido Mundo (Dear World) is Cordero’s love letter to a complicated world that addresses the themes of immigration, Black Lives Matter, Feminism and government corruption.

DeJuan Bland (panelist) is community organizer for MOSES in Detroit, a faith-based organizing coalition. He also is a minister, musician, poet and hip-hop artist. His work centers around youth organizing and bridging the inter-generational divide.

Walter Lacy (performer) is a Detroit-bred independent performing artist, freelance writer and workshop facilitator. The Detroit native has years of experience in poetry and songwriting.


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