Category Archives: Foundation News

Marlon James announces new book trilogy

Author and Before Columbus board member Marlon James, recipient of the American Book Award and Man Booker prizes, announces a new book series: The Dark Star Trilogy.

Wajahat Ali, journalist and board member of Before Columbus Foundation, interviewed by CNN

The interview questions the qualifications of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General.

David Meltzer, Beat generation poet and musician, has passed

A central figure of the San Francisco renaissance of the 1950s-60s, David Meltzer was also a founding member of the Before Columbus Foundation. See the San Francisco Chronicle’s tribute:

Wajahat Ali, Before Columbus Foundation board member, interviewed

The esteemed writer and journalist draws parallels between the 2016 presidential election and post-9/11 islamophobia. From The Progressive Magazine:

Excerpt: “For all those people who thought racism was dead, and bigotry was dead, especially those who are well intentioned and white allies, it’s out in the open now. You can taste it. It will force people to bust out of their isolated cocoon. I see an opportunity for a multicultural coalition of the willing that includes a populist agenda, which reclaims populism. Meaning higher wages. Help workers. Better access to education. Fight climate change. Maybe, knock on wood, and this might be way too optimistic, in 2020 if Democrats get their act together, I think they can shift it.”

Ishmael Reed, founder of Before Columbus Foundation, critiques “Hamilton”

Reed challenges the production’s historical revisionism in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle:

High School graduates much less likely to read books than college graduates

Andrew Perrin writes for the Pew Research Center about a new study on who reads regularly and who does not:

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, American Book Award winner, on Thanksgiving

From Democracy Now, an interview with historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz about the true meaning of Thanksgiving:

Journalist Wahajat Ali gives keynote speech on Islamaphobia at International Education Week

Ali is an award-winning journalist and sits on the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.

From The New Political:

Marlon James named Macalaster College’s first writer-in-residence

Marlon James, Professor of English, has become writer-in-residence at Macalaster College. James has won the American Book Award in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings and sits on the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.

Marlon James discusses Diversity with the Literary Hub

James, Professor of English at Macalaster College, received the American Book Award in 2015 for his A Brief History of Seven Killings, and sits on the board of directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.