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Jalimusa: An Epic Tale of Black Women’s Mothering

October 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Activist-artist-educator Dr. Amira Davis joins The Urbana Free Library for this special event on Black Motherhood. This program will be a combination performance and presentation based on Davis’ book, Jalimusa: An Epic Tale of Black Women’s Mothering. She will perform songs related to Black women’s mothering and read excerpts from her book, including stories of historical Black women that address issues such as representation, educational and maternal activism, aging, reproductive rights, and spirituality. Question and answer to follow.

Dr. Davis is the author of Jalimusa: An Epic Tale of Black Women’s Mothering. She is a mother, grandmother, and activist-artist-educator using African drums, percussions, and stories to entertain, educate, and motivate. She received her master’s in education in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in educational policy studies with a concentration in African American studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

This program is presented in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

The Library is committed to making programs accessible for all. If you need an accommodation to attend a program, please let the Library know at least two weeks in advance. To request an accommodation, contact the Programming and Outreach Manager via email at programming@urbanafree.org or via phone at 217-367-4057.


October 1, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Urbana Free Library
201 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
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