Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz criticizes America’s gun obsession

“The Second Amendment is almost a Time Bomb that was planted in the constitution”

Dunbar-Ortiz received the American Book Award in 2015 for An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Her newest book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights, 236 pages, $15.95), takes on the militaristic and white-supremacist origins of our country’s unhinged love affair with guns.

Ishmael Reed discusses the legady of Charles F. Harris

Ishmael Reed, founder of Before Columbus Foundation, shares anecdotes about how Charles F. Harris popularized black history.

From Counterpunch:

Ishmael Reed critiques current immigration debate’s shaming of African-Americans

Ishmael Reed is founder of the Before Columbus Foundation. For Counterpunch:

Laila Lalami examines the Reality Show Presidency

Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the 2016 American Book Award.

From The Nation:

Nick Turse describes being blacklisted for AFRICOM coverage

Nick Turse received the American Book Award in 2o14 for Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam and in 2016 for Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops In Africa

From The Intercept:

New York Times shares coverage of the 1981 American Book Awards

Take a look into the Before Columbus Foundation’s rich history with this article about the 1981 American Book Awards ceremony, originally printed in 1981, now archived online:

Ishmael Reed recaps political events from 2017 for Counterpunch

In “Thirteen Ways of Looking at 2017”, Ishmael Reed, founder of Before Columbus Foundation considers Black Lives Matter, the presidency, international affairs and more. From Counterpunch:

Before Columbus Foundation celebrates over 40 years

The Before Columbus Foundation was established in 1976, and is now in its 41st year of activity.

C-Span footage of the 2017 American Book Awards

Video footage of the 2017 American Book Awards ceremony can be viewed on C-Span’s website. The ceremony took place at the SFJazz Center on October 22, 2017.

Justin Desmangles’ article for SF MOMA examines poet Bob Kaufman

Desmangles, Chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, examines Kaufman’s perspective and the influence of jazz in his latest article, Bob Kaufman’s African Dream. The SF MOMA describes its experimental Open Space column:

“Our columnists are free to write and publish without editorial oversight from Open Space or SFMOMA. The program, which grants lifelong access to our site, is, so far as we know, a unique publishing experiment among major art institutions.”

Bob Kaufman’s African Dream