In celebration of Black History Month, the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA), Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA), Graduate Representative Organization, and Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA) will be
In celebration of Black History Month, the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA), Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA), Graduate Representative Organization, and Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA) will be hosting an exciting event featuring Baltimore native and award-winning author, spoken word artist, and speaker, Kondwani Fidel.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00-7:30 PM EST
Guest Speaker: Kondwani Fidel
Moderator: Dr. Ashley E. Cureton, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer, School of Education, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Center for Talented Youth
Audience: Open to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students across all JHU campuses
About Kondwani Fidel
Kondwani Fidel has used the power of storytelling to confront education reform and civil rights all over the world. Fidel was honored in the “Best of Baltimore” issue of the Baltimore Sun for his courage, innovative thinking, and leadership in local schools and communities. Fidel’s lyrical poetry has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, The Root, The Independent, Mic, and Baltimore Sun along with his inspiring narratives for brands such as Under Armour. His viral essay, “How a Young Boy has Been Decaying in Baltimore Since Age 10: A Death Note”, cemented Fidel as an authority in his city.
Fidel is the author of Hummingbirds in the Trenches and Raw Wounds. He received his BA in English from Virginia State University, and his MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Fidel was honored with the Baltimore City 2018 Civil Rights Literary Award, and his bio-film Hummingbirds in The Trenches was nominated for Amazon’s 2019 All Voices Film Festival.
Kondwani’s most recent work, the New York Times bestselling “The Antiracist: How to Start the Conversation about Race and Take Action” compels readers to focus on the degree in which they have previously or are currently contributing to the racial inequalities in this country (knowingly or unknowingly), and ways they can become stronger in their activism. Join us for Kondwani’s readings from “The Antiracist,” reciting of some of his poetry and short-stories and engage in the discussion of these topics. You can access his books via Amazon or local Baltimore bookstores.
We hope to see you there!
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
HW-PDA and JHPDA