I was offered the opportunity to teach a workshop on narratives of race, identity, and “the Other” as a part of Arab American National Museum's Hikayat personal narratives series. We read Warsan Shire and Mahmoud Darwish and accounts of women in the Moroccan armed resistance against French colonialism. We shared our stories with each other and we listened.
There were two high school students who blew me away. Absolute light. Absolute love. Later in the evening at the storytelling event they read their reflections from our workshop and it was unbelievable. It was such an honor for me to read from Binti on the same stage as them. And guess what? All of the copies AANM had in the store sold out. Which means, they are officially gone forever. I love imagining them on your bookshelves.