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Before Columbus Foundation, now is the time. The Before Columbus Foundation is a longstanding nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting multicultural literature through hosting the annual American Book Awards and countless other events.

All donations are tax deductible.

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Before Columbus Foundation
655 13th St. #302
Oakland, Ca.

Thank you for your patronage.

Retro images of historic events hosted by Before Columbus

Flyers and photographs from earlier days of the Foundation give a fascinating glimpse into its origins and development.

(From left to right) Founders Shawn Wong, Ishmael Reed, and Gundar Strads

Marlon James wins award from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Eight writers, including St. Paul novelist Marlon James, have won Arts and Letters Awards in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards celebrate “exceptional accomplishment in literature”. James is part of the Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors, and received the 2015 American Book Award (and several other awards) for A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine publishes Spring 2018 issue

KONCH Spring Issue 2018
Just Us and Jeff Sessions: Evidence by Justin Desmangles
James Baldwin and the Black Italian Nexus by Nancy Carnevale
Letter from Hanoi 11-17 by Susanne Lee
Seven Poems by Lamont Steptoe
America by Horace Mungin
Marvin X Reviews the Film “Black Panther”

New York Times reviews the film Personal Problems by Ishmael Reed and Bill Gunn

“A video-shot story conceived as a “meta-soap opera,” “Personal Problems,” a 1980 collaboration between the writer Ishmael Reed, the director Bill Gunn, the photographer Robert Polidori, the composer Carman Moore and a host of talented performers, is now presented as a work of cinema — proving, among other things, that cinema retains the ability to accommodate the noncategorical.”

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

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