Featuring globally lauded musicians and literary scholars, this year’s Africa and Youth Day celebrations promised not only to entertain but to also feature platforms for important reflection, focus and dialogue on issues facing Africa, its diaspora and beyond…

Professor Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, playwright and the editor of several anthologies. Her most recent work, the book-length poem, Citizen: An American Lyric won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism. Citizen uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images, to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. Last year, Rankine announced that she would use the money from her recently bestowed MacArthur “Genius” Grant (US$ 625 000) to help establish the Racial Imaginary Institute in Manhattan, a project where artists will present talks, read essays, host podcasts, and exhibit work focused on race, race relations and the creative imagination.

Free Transport will be provided from Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein to Soweto Theatre and back. Booking of transport and RSVP for the talk are essential. Refreshments and snacks will be provided before the talk.

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Date: 14 June
Time: 6:30 PM
Adm: Free

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