African American Literature

Have you ever taken an English or Literature class and wondered, “Where were the Black voices/influencers during these eras?”  Are you interested in learning more about your rich history by exploring different authors and their pieces during important eras like the Black Renaissance? Take this class to expand what you already know, find books you may want to explore and engage in some hands-on exploration of different political movements that have been shaped by Black authors.

Presenter: Elleona Budd
Dates:   Wednesdays / Thursdays September 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Oct 1
7 sessions
Grades:  9th – 12th
Times:  4:00 – 4:45am Pacific Standard Time

Elleona Budd

Elleona Budd is a recent Portland State graduate, who identifies as androgynous and a bibliophile, and does their core work in the Multnomah County Library for the past four years — everything from helping regular patrons at the Library find titles, to leading outreach work in the Black community. As a Black Cultural Library Advocate, Elleona is an advocate for the interest of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and a proponent of institutional intersectional thinking in initiatives with the Black community. Sometimes, that means creating library displays featuring poetry by queer and trans people of color. Other times, it means organizing and facilitating large-scale events to provide opportunities for discussion about topics such as the African diaspora. Elleona’s experience has included facilitating DEI trainings that have focused on microaggressions, inclusion, and intersectionality. Elleona’s work has included, and is not limited to, 6 year olds to retirement age learners.

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