Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Donna Murch at the Lensic!

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I was fortunate to be present at the Lannan reading last Wednesday, and to make photographs of the event—as I’ve been doing for the Lannan Foundation for 17 years now. Santa Fe is fortunate to have this ongoing series right here in town, but the events are podcast at Lannan.org, available to all. This one was particularly powerful, featuring Kenanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch. The duo lit up the audience with a powerful discussion on matters of race in America. Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University and a recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, spoke about the Black liberation movement and the current and historical struggles of African Americans against police violence and for equal rights. Her talk was followed by a talk with Donna Murch, author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. AfterwardsTaylor signed her new book, BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, just out from Haymarket Books, while Murch also signed copies of her book. It’s an event worth listening to, available at lannan.org. 

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