The funkiness of Dayton and the Minneapolis Sound. The poetic beauty of Gwendolyn Brooks and the literary genius of Toni Morrison. The choreographic brilliance of Katherine Dunham and the visual acumen of Gordon Parks. The innovative artistry of Black Midwesterners is, and always has been, indispensable to shaping the U.S. cultural landscape. This panel considers how contemporary cultural producers are building upon what came before to imagine and enact liberatory futures for Black Midwesterners.

Confirmed Panelists:

Gabrielle Civil

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Jen Everett

Njaimeh Njie

Stacey Robinson


Tia-Simone Gardner