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CANCELLED-"The Black family and its representation, identity, and diversity"

CANCELLED-"The Black family and its representation, identity, and diversity"

Join us for presentations and a panel discussion on this year's Black History Month theme: the Black family and its representations, identity, and diversity.  Together, Drs. Michael Dickinson, Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, and Grace Gipson will explore aspects of the Black family unit and its representation, both historically and in more contemporary media.  A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

Dr. Michael Dickinson (PhD, University of Delaware) is an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He previously served as the 2019-2020 Barra Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies.  His research examines early American enslaved communities, and his book Almost Dead: Slavery and Social Rebirth in the Black Urban Atlantic, 1680-1807 will be published in 2021.

Dr. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders (PhD, Boston University) is an Associate Professor of American and African American Studies at Emory University.  She specializes in African American women's literature, stereotypes and gender in visual culture, and representations of race and the female body.  Her works include Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Female Black Body in American Culture and Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender, and Southern Memory.

Dr. Grace Gipson (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Gipson's work focuses on Black popular culture, Afrofuturism, and representations of race and gender in comic books.  Her current book project will explore Black female identity in comics and fandom culture.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Meldon Jenkins-Jones

Meldon Jenkins-Jones is the Community Services Manager at Hull Street Library. She is a founder and the facilitator of the Oliver W. Hill Book Club which meets bi-monthly online. The book club is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill (1907–2007), a Richmond African American attorney and civil rights activist. His efforts, along with others’, resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional. The Oliver W. Hill Book Club invites readers to explore various books dealing with the law, civil rights, and social justice in America. Meldon also chairs the Get Lit Advisory Committee which supports the RPL Get Lit Reading Initiatives including the Black Male Emergent Readers (BMER) program, the Lit Chicks Read Book Clubs, the Ready Readers @Hull Street Library for K-5 students, and Real Men Read speakers bureau. 

Meldon is a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2022. She was the first recipient of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) Librarians of Color Forum Award in 2021 and is an active member of VLA.

In 2011, Meldon received her Master of Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law--Newark and Smith College.

A Metro Richmond resident, Meldon is the mother of two adult children and enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren.

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