Students Protest Against Native Program Director Firing at Humboldt State
Hundreds of Humboldt State University students protested Monday and Tuesday against the firing of Jaquelyn Bolman, an administrator on this small northern California campus and a woman known for promoting American Indians and other “untapped” populations in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Jenny Gill: Thomas Greene Wiggins is a fascinating historical figure. When did you start conceptualizing a narrative around his life and experience?
Jeffery Renard Allen: I first became interested in writing a fictional narrative about Tom Wiggins in 1998 after reading a brief account of his life in Oliver Sacks’ book An Anthropologist on Mars. Here was a guy who was one of the most famous people of his time, probably the most famous pianist of the 19th century, the first African American to perform at the White House, who had somehow slipped through the cracks of history. I was also intrigued by Sacks’ description of Tom’s stage performances, which were ahead of their time in his ability to play three songs at once in different keys and play compositions that mimicked non-musical phenomena.
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Jeffery Allen’s #CCproject “Song of the Shank” is now available for purchase through Graywolf Press. The novel is based on the life of fabled 19th-century African American pianist and singer Blind Tom, pictured above.
Today Millennial Activists United(MAU) occupied Frontenac Mall. AMAZING. Afterwards people driving by pulled over, hugged us, and said they support what we’re doing. In the words of Ashley BrownBlaze, one heart at a time.
msamberpriley Thank you for helping me through traffic today @queenlatifah almost forgot how much I love this album. Dude is the truck next to me was groovin when U.N.I.T.Y came on lol we had a moment HA!