"Blues Vision" for Educators
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | $90*
7.5 clock hours
Intended Audience: 6-12 grade educators
*includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials
“Blues Vision” for Educators prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with students through a deeper understanding of African American experiences and the Black literary tradition in Minnesota. The workshop takes “Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota” as the starting point for rigorous discussion and activities that cultivate practical strategies for using texts from the book as catalysts for change and conversation in the classroom.
Educators will receive supplementary resources, strengthened relationships with colleagues and authors, clock hours, meals, and a copy of “Blues Vision” as part of this experience.
Participants will also have the opportunity to work with “Blues Vision” authors Carolyn Holbrook, Clarence White, Philip Bryant, Susan Smith-Grier and David Grant.
“Blues Vision” for Educators participants are also strongly encouraged to register for Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives on Friday, January 26 for only $20 more. This foundational workshop of the Humanities Center will highlight African American experiences and will provide a strong frame for the “Blues Vision” workshop. Together, these workshops provide a rich, layered professional development experience for educators. Cost for participation in both days is discounted to $110.
Registration for this event will close on Friday, January 19, 2018
The Minnesota Humanities Center partners with school districts to offer this two-day workshop for groups of 20-40 educators. Fees apply. Please contact Eden Bart, 651-772-4261, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the Book
Edited by Alexs Pate with co-editors Pamela R. Fletcher and J. Otis Powell‽
Co-published with the Minnesota Historical Society Press, which was made possible in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2004.
A surprising and compelling anthology that reveals complex realities — beautiful, infuriating, painful, and uplifting — as described by African American writers in Minnesota over the past century.
A rich Minnesota literary tradition is brought into the spotlight in this groundbreaking collection of incisive prose and powerful poetry by 43 black writers who educate, inspire, and reveal the unabashed truth.
Historically significant figures tell their stories, demonstrating how much and how little conditions have changed: Gordon Parks hitchhikes to Bemidji, Taylor Gordon describes his first day as a chauffeur in St. Paul, and Nellie Stone Johnson insists on escaping the farm for high school in Minneapolis. A profusion of modern voices— poet Tish Jones, playwright Kim Hines, and memoirist Frank Wilderson— reflect the dizzying, complex realities of the present.
Showcasing the unique vision and reality of Minnesota’s African American community from the Harlem renaissance through the civil rights movement, from the black power movement to the era of hip- hop and the time of America’s first black president, this compelling anthology provides an explosion of artistic expression about what it means to be a Minnesotan.
“Blues Vision captures the rich history of African Americans living in Minnesota, with each writer sharing an honest perspective on what it means to be black here. The stories may seem to rhyme, but their diversity defines what’s best about our great state.” — Congressman Keith Ellison
Order the Book
$18.95 paperback, available from Minnesota Historical Society Press
304 pages, 6 x 9, 7 b/w illustrations
Available February 2015 from your favorite e-book vendor
If you are unable to attend the event, you may send a substitute in your place at no cost (it is up to you to make any financial arrangements with your substitute). If this is not possible, you may request a refund.
- Cancellations received more than 10 days before the event will be refunded less a 20% cancellation fee.
- Cancellations received between 5 and 10 days before the event will be refunded less a 50% cancellation fee.
- We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than 5 days before the event.
Refunds will be issued within 5 business days of cancellation notice.