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Joel Christian Gill to Showcase at the NACA Central 2017 Regional Conference

September 27th, 2017

Joel Christian Gill Friday October 13th | Lecture from 10:55 – 12:20 PM | Hall 2

Joel Christian Gill has spent the last 10 years examining how we teach black history in this country and how we tell the stories of black Americans.  In fact, how we tell the stories of all Americans.  Joel believes that these stories have more to do with race relations than anything else.  His goal is to open the conversation at a very basic level.  His books resonate with those who may not pick up a history book, but will not put down one of his graphic novels.

Stranger Fruit book coverStrange Fruit Volume I – Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History

This graphic novel is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity. Each of the nine illustrated chapters chronicles an uncelebrated African American hero or event. From the adventures of lawman Bass Reeves, to Henry “Box” Brown’s daring escape from slavery. 

Tales of the Talented Tenth Volume 1 book cover Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume One

Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume One tells the story of Bass Reeves, an escaped slave who became one of the most successful lawman of the old west. Volume I chronicles his life from winning shooting matches in early childhood to traveling with his master, living with Native Americans in Indian Territory, and finally becoming a U.S. Marshal.

Tales of the talented tenth volume 2 book cover Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume Two

Imagine a five-foot-two-inch-tall woman riding a Harley eight times across the continental United States. Now imagine she is black and is journeying across the country in the pre-Civil Rights era of the 1930s and 40s. That is the amazing true story of Bessie Stringfield, the woman known today as The Motorcycle Queen of Miami and the first black woman to be inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame and the Harley Davidson Hall of Fame. Stringfield was a pioneer in motorcycling during her lifetime; she rode as a civilian courier for the US military and founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club in Miami, all while confronting and overcoming Jim Crow in every ride.

Joel is a nationally recognized speaker who revisits passionate tales of black history. He is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art where he teaches, draws comics, researches black history, and believes #28daysarenotenough. He received his MFA from Boston University and a BA from Roanoke College.


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