Monthly Archives: November 2017

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:


Photo of 38th Annual American Book Award Recipients

Recipients of 38th annual American Book Awards. Left to right: Bernice L. McFadden, Marc Anthony Richardson, Holly Hughes, Vaugh Rasberry, Shawna Yang Ryan, Ruth Sergel, Solmaz Sharif, Dean Wong, Alfredo Véa, Flores A. Forbes, Randa Jarrar, Adam Soldofsky (photo by Gundars Strads)

Flores A. Forbes discusses the 2017 American Book Award winning “Invisible Men”

Forbes’received this year’s American Book Award.