Walidah did a presentation at UMass Amherst Nov. 13, 2018 entitled “All Organizing is Science Fiction,” focused on sci fi and social change. The event was part of the Another World is Possible Feinberg Series. You can listen to it on Soundcloud here:
The Portland State University Vanguard ran a story about Walidah's Jan. 22, 2018 PSU MLK Tribute keynote - Afrofuturism and the Legacy of Race in Oregon:
Walidah will be the 2018 MLK Tribute speaker at Portland State University. The last three were Janet Mock, the founders of Black Lives Matter, and Angela Davis.
The tribute will be Jan. 22nd at 7 pm, and is titled "Afrofuturism and the Possibilities for Oregon."
It is free and open to the public but tickets are required.
Walidah Imarisha was interviewed for the CBS News documentary on race and Portland "Portland | Race Against the Past," which aired nationally Oct. 30, 2017.
You can watch it here, and read the accompanying article:
Writer/activist/educator/poet Walidah Imarisha delivered the opening keynote address at The Liberated Archive: A Forum for Envisioning and Implementing a Community-Based Approach to Archives at ARCHIVES 2017 in Portland, OR. Imarisha discussed the role of a community archives in telling community stories—and making sure that all stories are told.
You can listen to the keynote as an audio file (and download it) here:
The Oregonian included Walidah Imarisha's book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption in their summer reading list.
Activist, historian, educator, writer, humanities scholar: Portland’s Walidah Imarisha defies easy categorization, and so does her book “Angels With Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption,” which won the Oregon Book Awards’ 2017 Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction. It’s a must-read for anyone concerned about how readily we put our fellow Americans, particularly young black male Americans, behind bars. “America used to make cars. Now we make prisoners,” Imarisha writes in this compelling blend of personal narrative and reportage. She said by email, “I hope the book unsettles, in a way that allows for a questioning of what we think we know, and asking of questions with no easy answers.”