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History Break: Archiving History, Remembering Presence

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for Julys history break with Davu Seru a multidisciplinary artist and scholar Davu is an Artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center in July. 

Davu will share insight and perspectives from three of his recent archival projects: his music composition entitled “Dead King Mother,” his book with photographer Charles Chamblis, and a new book with multi-disciplinary artist Seitu Jones.

Davu composed Dead King Mother in 2018 in partnership with Zeitgeist. It was a reflection on the story of “the night of April 4, 1968, [as] news was spreading quickly of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, setting off riots in cities across the nation. Davu’s uncle, Clarence Underwood, upon hearing the news, told his wife, ‘My King is dead.’ He vowed to kill the first white man he found.”

Davu has also been instrumental in archiving the history of the Black community in North Minneapolis as co-author with co-author with photographer Charles Chamblis of Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017).

At the Anderson Center, Davu is continuing writing and research for an archival book that examines the artistic practice and legacy of artist Seitu Ken Jones to tell the story of communities in Saint Paul. The book will be published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2023.


July 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm