As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In these dynamic evenings, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.
La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson is an educator, writer, certified Integral Coach and founder and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises. She is dedicated to creating and supporting environments for transformation. She was born in Oakland, California, and was a product of Oakland public schools before entering San Francisco State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work in the winter of 1984. La Rhonda, a much-sought-after speaker and facilitator, is proud of her nearly thirty-five-year career, which has focused on women’s wellness, providing access to health care, reproductive rights, community development and education. She is currently working on a novel and establishing a publishing company.
Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. A former cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali has spoken extensively at universities and other institutions worldwide. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian and Vogue as well as on National Public Radio (NPR) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir about her near-death experience delivering her firstborn.
Denise Diaab is a writer who is striving to live her life in such a way as to be a channel of God’s grace. Ms. Diaab says her primary legacy is her four children and three grandchildren. She is working on her first book, Buen Camino: Getting to St. Jean Pied de Port, in which she shares stories of personal growth, transformation and synchronicity in preparing for her 500-mile pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago. She finished her Camino journey on June 22, 2016 after thirty-three days of walking.
Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles (www.ladytroubles. com). Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English. When she’s not busy complaining about injustice, she likes to cook, make jam, hike and kayak near her home in San Francisco.