Critical Conversations 2021-2022: Black Childhoods


On April 4th, the Critical Conversations series offers a creative follow-up to the fall semester Black Girlhood panel by featuring two poets whose work foregrounds Black childhood: Joshua Bennett (Dartmouth) and Chiyuma Elliott (UC Berkeley). Bennett and Elliott will read their work, share some of their favorite poems written by June Jordan, and then participate in a conversation about Black childhood in life and literature co-moderated by UC Berkeley Professor Nikki Jones and doctoral candidate reelaviolette bitts-ward (African American Studies). This event is in culmination of a year-long celebration of June Jordan’s life and legacy.