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Odd Mondays: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Folio Books

3957 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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Odd Mondays celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day set aside for national commemoration of his life, January 21, from 7pm to 8pm at Folio Books San Francisco, 3957 24th St. in Noe Valley. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, community leader Charles McCullough, Professor Ajuan Mance, Rev. David Brown, and poet Thea Matthews will speak on or perform what Dr. King means to them today. Free admission and free refreshments.

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Rev. David Brown is pastor of Noe Valley Ministry Presbyterian Church. He has also served two other churches in San Francisco, Calvary Presbyterian and Covenant Presbyterian. Before coming to San Francisco he served inner-city churches in Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA. And he was a child protection social worker in Denver for ten years. David and his wife, Linda, live in San Anselmo, CA. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. He has a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Master’s Degree in Church History from Denver Seminary.

Ajuan Mance is a Professor of English at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of several articles and essays on race, gender, and literature in the U.S. She has written three academic titles--Inventing Black Women: African American Women Writers and Self-Representation, Proud Legacy: The Colored Schools of Malvern, Arkansas and the Community that Made Them, and Before Harlem: An Anthology of African American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century. As an artist, she has created the 1001 Black Men portrait series, as well as other art. As an author-artist, she creates the Gender Studies series, as well as other zines.

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman represents District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Mandelman grew up in San Francisco, attending Brandeis-Hillel Day School and Lick-Wilmerding High School prior to earning a B.A. in History from Yale College, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Prior to his election, Supervisor Mandelman served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland and as an elected Trustee on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees.

Thea Matthews is an American poet of African and Mestizo descent. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Thea is Black, Indigenous, LatinX, queer, womxn, survivor, activist, curator, scholar, land and water protector. She writes on the complexities of humanity, grief, resiliency, and ultimately, the triumph over trauma. She is a seasoned performer and has delivered her poetry at various readings and festivals, some of which include: Hazel Reading Series, Lyrics & Dirges, the 25th anniversary of the Clarion Alley Block Party, Gears Turning, Poem Jam, Beast Crawl, Uptown Fridays, LitQuake, LitCrawl, BeastCrawl, the 16th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival, and the 11th annual Beat Poetry Festival.

Charles McCullough has been a board member of Noe Valley Chamber Music for more than five years. He works as a strategic relationship associate at FreeWheel and has worked for over ten years as a digital media and strategic partnerships executive with several other Bay Area tech firms. Charles holds an M.B.A. in strategic management and marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

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