Live Jazz, Speakers, Spoken Word, and Hip Hop

Live Jazz, Speakers, Spoken Word, and Hip Hop

Matthew Whitaker Quintet
Friday, March 25, 2022 – 7:30pm
The Hammond B3 organ speaks a language all its own, one that’s rooted in the church, but brings jazz, soul, blues and funk along for a dizzying party. It’s no wonder that special reverence is held for those musicians that truly master the instrument..

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Thursday, March 31, 2022 – 7:30pm
Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. In 2020, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times-bestselling author of seven books.

Heather McGhee
Sunday, April 3, 2022 – 7:30pm
A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller  The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone.

SAYS Showcase: Hip Hop, Spoken Word, & Poetry
Thursday, June 2, 2022 – 7:30pm
Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), home of the National Youth Poet Laureate, is a social justice movement based at UC Davis that empowers youth and transforms education by creating platforms for critical literacy, access to higher education, youth voice and civic engagement

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