Launch of the Minnesota series with “We Are Meant to Rise” – Twin Cities

From COVID to the murder of George Floyd, the events of the past year have prompted artists to share their thoughts beyond the present to the past and the future. One of the best of these books is “We Are Meant to Rise” (University of Minnesota Press), an anthology of voices of Indigenous people and people of color testifying in poetry and essays of the trauma we shared in 2021. .

This program launches the Making Minnesota series, a partnership between the Ramsey County Historical Society and East Side Freedom Library that will explore the often unseen histories, histories and experiences of the immigrant, African-American, and Indigenous communities that make up Minnesota.

Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura, who are writers, anthology co-editors and longtime diversity advocates, will be joined by contributors for a live panel discussion via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 13. The panelists will be:

Soliman Adan, popular writer, educator and organizer in the Twin Cities who is a professor of Quran / Arabic and Islamic studies at the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth as well as project leader and chairman of the board of directors of the Global Alliance of Muslims for equality.

Marcie Rendon
Marcie Rendon (Courtesy Jaida Gray Eagle / The McKnight Foundation)

Marcie Rendon, Citizen of White Earth, award-winning author of the Cash Blackbear mystery series as well as children’s books, plays, short stories and poetry. She and Diego Vazquez received the 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for their work with incarcerated women.

Kevin Yang, a multimedia storyteller born and raised in the Twin Cities who finds most of his inspiration in disentangling his American Hmong experience with others. He creates in the mediums of oral poetry and the making of documentary films.

To subscribe to the free discussion, go to: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about whether to join the meeting.

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