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Sit + Chat with Dasan Ahanu

September 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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September 14

Sit + Chat with Dasan Ahanu

Join us for a series of conversations with local thinkers and doers as they engage with photographs from Southbound through discussions that impact our lives.

Dasan Ahanu is a artist, educator, scholar and community organizer born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to performing across the country, Dasan has hosted or coordinated many Poetry, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Cultural Arts events. Working as an organizer around such issues as literacy, social injustice, workers rights, domestic violence and sexual assault, he has assisted institutions and organizations in coordinating programming, trainings, and art based projects intended to engage the community. His work has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) where he has is noted for his appearances on “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” and “State of Things with Frank Stasio.” His writing is featured online and in print publications. He has been showcased on NBC 17, featured on the third season of Lexus Verses and Flow aired on TV One, and in a documentary entitled, “Poet Son” that aired on WUNC-TV as a part of the North Carolina Visions film series. He has released numerous spoken word recordings and published three books of poetry. Dasan is a resident artist with the St, Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC where he has developed poetry and spoken word programming for youth and adults. He is co-founder and managing director of Black Poetry Theatre, a Durham based theatre company that creates and produces original poetry and spoken word based productions. In 2004 he was awarded an Indy Arts Award by Independent Weekly Magazine for his work in arts and activism. Then in 2015, he was awarded the honor again, the first time in the award’s history that has happened.

Dasan is also an alumni Nasir Jones Fellowship with the Hip Hop Archive at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. He is a noted scholar whose academic work is focused on critical writing, creative writing, Hip Hop and popular culture. Currently, Dasan is a visiting professor at UNC-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC where he teaches courses on Hip Hop and Black culture.

You can follow Dasan online at:
Twitter: dasanahanu
Facebook: dasanahanu
IG: dasanahanu

The Sit + Chat series is held in collaboration with Be Connected, a community initiative connecting audiences, addressing disparities, fostering equity, and bridging understanding through the arts, culture, music, and politics.


September 14, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Power Plant Gallery
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Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Power Plant Building, Suite 100 American Tobacco Campus 320 Blackwell Street Durham, NC 27701
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