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SATURDAY: “Race and Sexuality-Two Sides of a Double-Edged Coin” With Nancy Rawles

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By Elizabeth Alexander

Join distinguished novelist and Mount Baker resident, Nancy Rawles, at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) this Sat., Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., to celebrate the role of gay and lesbian artists and activists in the Civil Rights Movement.

The event, part of an ongoing Conversation Series at NAAM, occurs in conjunction with the photography exhibit, “Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey.”

Rawles will elucidate race and sexuality in Istanbul during James Baldwin’s 1961-1971 sojourns there, examining the efforts and achievements of Baldwin, Bayard Rustin (organizer of the 1963 March on Washington), and Lorraine Hansberry (author of the seminal 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun) in the struggle for civil rights. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

An artist and activist in her own right, Rawles has written several critically-acclaimed novels, including Love Like Gumbo (1997), winner of the American Book Award, and My Jim (2005), winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award. She founded the community-building multimedia project Represent! 98118, which documents people’s lives in the 98118 zip code.

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