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Listen Backs

29mar6:00 pm8:00 pmListen Backs

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The “Listen Backsseries
invites public engagement with the oral histories of Colorado’s Black
community. Attendees will dive deep and engage in thought-provoking
dialogue around the Black experience in this predominantly White state. A
community-based project called Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History
will be more than two and a half years underway at the time Listen Backs
begin and its namesake exhibit will be open for its two-year run. As
part of this initiative, the predominantly Black team has been recording
and digitizing over 25 original oral histories of Black Coloradoans
conducted by the NAACP Boulder County’s Historian, Minister Glenda
Strong Robinson. The Creative Director of Programs at the Museum of
Boulder, Nyasha James-Davis, would like to bring these oral histories to
life for the public with live events in which an audience listens to an
oral history and then engages in a facilitated dialogue with prominent
Black Coloradoans after its completion.

The goal of Listen Backs
is to illuminate local Black history and experiences through the oral
histories and ground facilitated discussions about race in personal
stories. The Museum of Boulder has the obligation and privilege to share
these stories and embrace their complexity.  

February 29 | Dr. Reiland Rabaka: Dr. Reliand Rabaka is
the Founder and Director of the Center for African & African
American Studies and Professor of African, African American, and
Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University
of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of
Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Dr. Rabaka has
published 18 books and more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters,
and essays, including The Negritude Movement; The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism; Du Bois: A Critical Introduction; Civil Rights Music: The Soundtracks of the Civil Rights Movement; Black Power Music!: Protest Songs, Message Music, and the Black Power Movement; Black Women’s Liberation Movement Music: Soul Sisters, Black Feminist Funksters, and Afro-Disco Divas; The Hip Hop Movement; Hip Hip’s Amnesia; and Hip Hip’s Inheritance.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including
funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National
Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the National
Museum of African American History & Culture, the National Museum of
American History, the Smithsonian Institution, the Eugene M. Kayden
Book Award, the Cheikh Anta Diop Book Award, and the National Council
for Black Studies’ Distinguished Career Award. His cultural criticism,
social commentary, and political analysis has been featured in print,
radio, television, and online media venues such as NPR, PBS, BBC, CNN,
ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, BET, VH1, The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera, among others. He is also a poet and musician.

March 28 | Minister Glenda Strong Robinson: Ms.
Glenda S. Robinson is a long-time resident of Longmont, Colorado. In
the early 1980s, she founded an award-winning Facilities Maintenance
Company. Ms. Robinson is a graduate of California State University, Long
Beach with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate of
Leadership America. At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Ms.
Robinson was an impressionable, young Junior at Memphis State University
located in Memphis, Tennessee. While there, she became an active
participant in the Movement led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just
prior to his assassination in 1968. That involvement set her on a
course to keep the King Dream Alive. A picture of that involvement rests
at the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture, the
National Civil Rights Museum, the Withers Museum and Gallery, and the
Stax Records Museum of Memphis. She has worked tirelessly to make a
difference through Special Events, Workshops, Group Meetings,
Conferences, Lectures, Storytelling, and the like. All with the desire
to simply make a difference. Ms. Robinson’s family relocated in 1980
from California to Colorado with IBM. Continuing her heartfelt concern
and sense of social responsibility, Ms. Robinson became actively
involved in community service. Her work and efforts to advance change
continue. Listed below are a few highlights: Department of Commerce-MEED
Week Award (Local and Regional) Winner & National Nominee Former
Member, Longmont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for Boulder
Chamber of Commerce Workforce Boulder County Boulder County Family
Self-Sufficiency Program Mayor’s Community POSITIVE IMPACT AWARD, City
of Longmont The City of Longmont, Colorado along with Silver Creek High
School’s Leadership Academy Community Service Award. The Mayor and City
Council of the City of Longmont, CO issued a proclamation celebrating
Mrs. Robinson as the Founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
week-long celebration that acknowledges her work and commitment to
maintaining the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her work
continues at the elementary, middle, high school, community college, and
university levels, as she continues to tell stories that challenge the
human spirit and encourage the heart. She truly believes that we must
use our differences to make a difference. Ms. Robinson is an ordained
minister and mentor to many. She is an Associate Minister at Historic
Second Baptist Church, Boulder. She served as a Chaplain Intern at
Boulder Community Hospital, finding great satisfaction in serving the
staff and patients.


March 29, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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