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Left: Erica Buddington, Photograph courtesy of the artist
Center: Nona Faustine,Photograph courtesy of the artist
Right: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Photograph courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

“I built this altar for them”: Mining the Archives to Uplift Untold Stories

Session II

John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Presentations on archival research–based practices that create and uplift missing narratives by Erica Buddington, Nona Faustine, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Followed with a discussion moderated by Sheila McDaniel, administrator, National Gallery of Art.

Erica Buddington, educator, emcee, poet, and cofounder and CEO of the Langston League; writer for the Emmy-nominated Amber Ruffin Show; host of the YouTube series Decolonized; Brave New Voices slam champion; HBO Def Poet

Nona Faustine, artist, public speaker, and author of White Shoes

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois (2021) and The Age of Phillis (2020); poet, novelist, critic, scholar, and professor of English, University of Oklahoma

Session topic inspired by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’s poem “Catalog: Water,” in The Age of Phillis (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2020).