Passing and Identity within the Black Experience at Busboys and Poets
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Join our panel of experts and members of the Gun & Powder cast as they discuss notions of identity and passing in pieces of historical fiction and government policy today.
Jeffrey Colvin's assured and captivating novel, AFRICAVILLE (Amistad; December 10, 2019), weaves a rich narrative tapestry from the colorful threads of multiple generations in one family. The title is inspired by Africaville, a real settlement in Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose black population—largely the descendants of slaves from the American South and the Caribbean— carved out a community against the harsh maritime landscape and against bigotry and racism. In telling this story, Colvin hopes to highlight the many "lost" free black communities throughout North America that have faded from history books and memory.
Jasmine L. Tyler is the Advocacy Director for the US Program at Human Rights Watch. She currently handles federal criminal justice, immigration, and national security policy. Prior to joining HRW, she was the senior policy advisor for drug policy and global health in the Washington, D.C. office of Open Society Foundations, where she also worked with Congress and the executive branch to shape domestic and international policy, helping to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.
Awa Sal Secka has been a fan favorite in musicals and plays across the DC area, including Jesus Christ Superstar at Signature, Into the Woods and The Wiz at Ford's Theatre, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play at Round House Theatre, Me Jane at the Kennedy Center, and many more.
Da'Von T. Moody is a charming actor making his mark on the DC theatre scene. His recent credits include Ain't Misbehavin' at Signature, the A