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ACF Study Group: Davu Seru on Dead King Mother (2018) and Archiving History

December 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST

2020 ACF McKnight awardee and scholar, Davu Seru composed Dead King Mother in 2018 in partnership with Zeitgeist. It was a reflection on the story of “the night of April 4, 1968, [as] news was spreading quickly of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, setting off riots in cities across the nation. Davu’s uncle, Clarence Underwood, upon hearing the news, told his wife, ‘My King is dead.’ He vowed to kill the first white man he found.”

Davu has also been instrumental in archiving the history of the Black community in North Minneapolis through his photo journal Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis “a photographic celebration of musicians, artists, and everyday scenes from the Twin Cities African American community of the 1970s and ’80s by a renowned local photographer.”

On Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM CT, Davu joins us for our ACF Study Group to discuss the importance of these works and a current archival project with multi-disciplinary artist Seitu Jones focussed on communities in Saint Paul.

Register in advance on zoom here.

If you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact Laura Krider (lkrider@composersforum, 612.314.9228) at least 48 hours before the event.