In Black Ink is a publishing arts initiative that provide opportunities for communities that have been disenfranchised historically, and continue to be presently. IBI’s cultural literacy programming mitigates the damage of economic, educational, and cultural inequities that are the result of past and current prejudice and discrimination.
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
SANKOFA SERIES AND EVENT
An annual event that provides an intergenerational forum to discuss critical and relevant issues concerning the community. An issue-oriented publication is produced to accompany discussions and events. Join us for the Sankofa Series & Events Fall 2021.
A repository of artists of African descent that contribute to and/or participate in the local publishing arts community in Minnesota. Author’s Database to Launch at the end of Spring 2021.
ELDER STORIES AND ARCHIVE
Elder’s Story and Archival Circles where elders gather to share stories of specific moments in time and/or accounts of their life stories. Stories, circle time and event are videotaped and archived for the purpose of building the IBI archival library. Until it is safe to resume circles, Elder stories will be collected virtually or one on one.
MR. RONDO’S SPIRIT
“Paul Rondo, a Pullman Porter, lived in the Rondo neighborhood before the Interstate 94 freeway was built in the 1960’s. Mr. Rondo tells about his life in Rondo and how it changed over time….”
JOEY AND GRANDPA JOHNSON’S DAY IN RONDO
Joey grew up in a historic African American neighborhood called Rondo during the 1940’s. On his weekly Saturday adventure with his grandpa, he learns about the rich cultural heritage of his community and the power of entrepreneurship.
TOWARDS AN AFRICAN EDUCATION: Selected Writings on the Education and Development of Children of African Heritage
Kasserian Ingera, “How are the children?” The Maasai warriors of East Africa would ask this most important question of each other in passing. The question is of the highest importance because it assesses the future of the community.
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