Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Saturday, April 27, 2019 6:30pm

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammed Ali, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. 

Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a collection of literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her acclaimed works, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature, and her time teaching at Princeton. 

With this rich compilation of interviews and artwork, along with troves of archival and historical material, The Pieces I Am crafts a wondrous portrait of Morrison that is both intimate and reverent. As in her writing, Morrison leaves audiences feeling recognized, seen, and acknowledged. 

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with WOC Art Collaborative members: Tamara Leigh, Tianna Mañón, and Delores Jackson Radney.


Panel bios:
Tianna Mañón
is the Editor in Chief of Open Mic Rochester, the area's fastest growing online magazine. She digs into politics and policy for the magazine while also managing the staff and the content to create hard-hitting, engaging and analytical content. Originally from Rochester, Tianna is driven by her passion for the community and the belief that we can once again become the welcome, progressive city we were once known for. She studied Journalism and Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating at the top of her class and working with top political voices, including lawmakers and national publications. Now in it's third year, Open Mic has quickly grown to not only include a suburban audience, but we now have readers across the state and nation. Join the discussion and head to today! 

Rochester native Tamara Leigh is the current Director of Communications at the Out Alliance, an agency that champions the rights and lifestyle of the LGBTQ+ community and Editor of their publication, The Empty Closet. Leigh attended Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY as well as Temple University in Philadelphia, PA studying Communications and Journalism. She served as Professional Development Specialist, Public Relations and Event Management Coordinator for the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services. Leigh also acts as co-host of radio show, Brunchin’ With Dee & T. on WAYO 104.3FM and CEO of Roc Candy Media, an urban Public Relations, Brand Development and Media Management firm. Tamara co-chairs, Rochester Black Pride and is one of the founding members of the WOC~ART (Woke Art) Collaborative. Tamara acted as PR and Development Team member of the ROC Awards, ROC the Park, and Nathaniel Johnson’s Designer Challenge Competition 2018 & 2019. 

Delores Jackson Radney is a community theater artist ,writer educator,art historian and activist. I am the owner and founding partner of Kuumba Consultants and arts in Education Agency with a focus on artist of color reaching and teaching arts and culture in community. I write plays for youth that tells the stories of African Americans and the courageous and constant struggle for liberation beauty and truth. Mrs Radney is a wife mother grandmother and community matriarch/elder.