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I am your negro. Written by James Baldwin.

CINCINNATI (January 11, 2018) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will be hosting a sold out Community Conversation and film viewing of the Academy Award nominated film, I Am Not Your Negro, which is based on the unfinished novel of the late James Baldwin, and hosting a community conversation with Baldwin’s niece on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The conversation will continue with three sessions of “Being Curious Together About Race this spring.

Community Conversation: Being Curious Together About Race 

Being Curious Together About Race sessions will be led by Quanita Roberson, president and owner of Nzuzu Coaching. She is an international spiritual teacher, speaker, writer, and integral life coach. 

Session Description: We have all been in conversations about race that are full of shame, blame, and guilt. A new kind of conversation is being called for in business, nonprofits, schools, communities, and even in our homes. This conversation needs to be held in a space that provides enough safety, so real authenticity can emerge and genuine healing can begin. This space needs to support movement from judgement to curiosity. So many of us are eager to have such a conversation but haven’t been sure of where or how to start. Now we have the opportunity to come together in deep heartedness and have such a conversation.  

Session Leader: Quanita Roberson is a wisdom keeper of ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa. As a water spirit, she brings the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation to the world. She serves as peace maker and bridge builder to communities. She has a master’s in Organizational Management and Development with a concentration in Integral Theory from Fielding University. 


Hosted by GCF: Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – noon at Taft Center at Fountain Square. 425 Walnut St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. 

RSVP for March 10

Hosted by YWCA Greater Cincinnati: Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd #500, Cincinnati, OH 45209.  

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Hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.- noon at NURFC, 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

RSVP for june 16

Admission: These are free sessions. Seating is limited to 40 slots for each session. 

Community Conversation: Film Showing of "I Am Not Your Negro"

  • When:  Friday, Jan. 19, 2018: Continental Breakfast starts at 8 a.m.; Film screening begins at 9 a.m.; Discussion begins at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Harriet Tubman Theater National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
  • Admission: This is a free event, and all seats have been claimed. A waiting list is available at

Decades after his death, African American writer and social critic Baldwin is in the midst  of a comeback. Baldwin’s renewed popularity is not surprising to his niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, who cites the relevance of his provocative analyses of American race and culture today. Karefa-Smart will be joining the January 19 screening.

I Am Not Your Negro uses Baldwin’s own words to illuminate the complexities of race relations in America through the middle of the 20th century to the current day. The documentary features archival footage of Baldwin, along with the three civil rights icons he intended to write more about before his death in 1987: Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. 

Both events are sponsored the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and YWCA Greater Cincinnati.

“We are excited to bring our Greater Cincinnati neighbors together to listen, learn and connect,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We believe that, if we want to continue to grow and thrive as a region, we must promote equity. We all benefit when all of our neighbors have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

“Hosting the Baldwin-focused event is one way to enrich community dialogue while building connections throughout the city,” said Robin Martin, EdD., director of community strategy. “We not only have a great opportunity to share this important film. We also have a very special opportunity to have a member of James Baldwin’s family—someone who knew him well—be a part of our community conversation about his life and work.”

Karefa-Smart, a New York City native, grew up amid literary and political gatherings during which her uncle would host other accomplished writers, including Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, according to her biography. In addition to her work as an activist, public speaker and proponent of her uncle’s legacy, Karefa-Smart is the author of Dining While Black: A Guide to the Art of Modern Dining.

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About the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.