Two exceptional local authors will read excerpts from their work conveying the experience of life among two different groups of people relegated to the margins of American society. In the shadows of the wealthiest and most powerful nation in history, African Americans surviving in the West Baltimore ghetto and Latin American migrants huddled in the shelters along the border with Mexico are separated by historical circumstances, geography, culture and ethnicity, but share a common legacy of exclusion by mainstream America. The audience will be invited to engage in a post-reading exploration of liminality and communitas with the authors.
Patricia Fernandez-Kelly and Yessica Martinez are both members of the Board of Trustees of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), a local non profit organization, serving low income Latino immigrants in the region. Ms. Fernandez-Kelly is the Chair of the Board and a member of the faculty at the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, a prolific author, and Grammy Award winner. She will be reading from her recently published book, The Hero’s Fight. Ms. Martinez is a graduating senior at Princeton and this year’s winner of the prestigious Pyne Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Princeton undergraduate. She will be reading from her senior thesis, a collection of poems that will soon be published under the title A Tale of Conquering.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 4-6 PM at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, and is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling LALDEF at 609.688.0881 or e-mailing melina.roche@LALDEF.org. Suggested tax deductible donations to benefit LALDEF, collected at the door, are $10 for students, $30 for general admission and $50 for benefactors wishing to make a more meaningful contribution. Refreshments will be served. Parking is not available on the church lot. Paid parking is available in the nearby Hullfish Street and Spring Street garages.