Category Archives: Foundation News

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:

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

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on the phenomenon of public mass shootings

Dunbar-Ortiz’ An Indigenous People’s History of the United States received the American Book Award in 2015. She examines the cultural and psychological environment of the United States’ epidemic of public gun violence. From The Guardian:

Deepa Iyer discusses airlines’ policing the bodies of Women of Color.

Iyer’s We Too, Sing America, received the American Book Award in 2016. For The Nation:


2017 American Book Awards Program

The 2017 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 22nd, from 12:00-2:30 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), San Francisco, CA. This event is open to the public.

The full program for the ceremony can be read here: ABA Program 2017

You can find more information, or RSVP to the event on social media here: