FLEETING MONUMENTS FOR THE WALL OF RESPECT virtual launch with editor Romi Crawford

Join editor Romi Crawford and contributors for a virtual event co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-op, the Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University, and Green Lantern Press on Thursday, June 10 for the launch of FLEETING MONUMENTS FOR THE WALL OF RESPECT.
When Jun 10, 2021
from 16:00 PM to 17:00 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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A collaboration of artists and writers commemorates a powerful symbol for social justice and freedom on Chicago’s South SideJoin editor Romi Crawford and contributors for a virtual event co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-op, the Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University, and Green Lantern Press on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. (5:00 Eastern) for the launch of Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect. Register for the free event here.

Romi Crawford proposes the concept of “fleeting monuments,” asking a range of artists and writers to realize antiheroic, nonstatic, and impermanent strategies for commemoration. The result is a collection of “fleeting monuments” of poetry, photography, essays, artworks, and performance that invites readers to enact the history of the Wall of Respect on their own terms. 

Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect is stunning, revelatory, and moving—a magical accomplishment. It is history, art, witnessing come alive through all the senses. It is deeply important. Read it, read it again, gift it, consult it, quote it, and remember.” —Yo-Yo Ma

“These ‘Fleeting Monuments’ are rich, generous gifts grounded in this Black nationalist geography that continues to offer reflection, hope, and joy.” —Dr. Kymberly Pinder

“The Wall of Respect is in all of us, and this book is an ideally heartwarming story of how Chicago has created a culture of resistance, resilience, and revolution. A must-read.” —Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky.

“This book is a clarion call for us all to reimagine how we remember both the dreams deferred and the joys of history. Once you step into its pages, you realize it is also a portal to a dazzling world away from the dreariness of debates about monuments and memorials to a free world where our radical imaginations are unleashed to create something truly beautiful and new.” —Dr. Lisa Yun Lee