Upcoming at Busboys and Poets: Rep. Ilhan Omar, A.C.T.O.R, Art on the Line, Dinner & a Movie, Dare to Dream, and more...
Busboys and Friends: Zoom Dinner Party with
Busboys and Poets has
always been a place for artists, activists, and writers of the
community to gather and break bread. And while we may be
physically distant right now, we can still stay connected and
break bread together.
Join us on Zoom
for Busboys and Friends: A Zoom Dinner Party held every
Friday night at 6 pm. Hosted
by Busboys and Poets' CEO and Founder, Andy Shallal with a special
dinner guest each week.
We are honored to have our next dinner party guest be
Representative Ilhan Omar
Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s
5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which
includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.
An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer,
public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January
2019, making her the first Somali-American Member of Congress, the
first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two
Muslim-American women elected to Congress.
As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for
the shared values of the 5th District, values that put people at
the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the
issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like investing
in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a
fair wage for a hard day’s work; creating a just immigration system and
tackling the existential threat of climate change.
Born in Somalia, Rep. Omar and her family fled the
country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in
a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s. In
1997, she moved to Minneapolis with her family. As a teenager, Rep.
Omar’s grandfather inspired her to get involved in politics. Before
running for office, she worked as a community educator at the
University of Minnesota, was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of
Public Affairs and served as a Senior Policy Aide for the Minneapolis
In 2016 she was elected as the Minnesota House
Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected
Somali-American public official in the United States and the first
Somali-American State Legislator.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 6 PM
AND OPEN TO ALL
to receive the Zoom link.
The Zoom link will be sent via email 24 hours before the
This is What America Looks Like is
an intimate and rousing memoir by Ilhan Omar.
The biographyis both the inspiring coming
of age story of a refugee and a multidimensional tale of the hopes and
aspirations, disappointments and failures, successes, sacrifices and
surprises, of a devoted public servant with unshakable faith in the
promise of America.
Order your copy from the Busboys and Poets Bookstore
During this virtual event, celebrated writer, professor,
and teacher Dr. DaMaris B. Hill will
bear witness for Black Women and women of color who, while burdened by
sexism, racism, and injustice up continue to risk their lives for the
sake of our democracy.
Dr. Hill will be in conversation with Ajanet Rountree,
Andy Shallal, and Dr. Charles L. Chavis, Jr.
This event is part of the “She Changes Everything” series
of the John Mitchell Jr. Program and the A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk
on Race) series at Busboys and Poets.
Join Us for
the first Virtual Discussion of the Series!
November 19 at 7:15pm
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
RSVP to receive the
The Zoom link
will be sent via email 24 hours before the event.
also live stream on Facebook!
Dare to Dream:
Important conversations about Immigration book talk series will explore
immigrant stories through monthly discussions on the forth Thursday of
America was forged by
immigrants and remains an aspiration for dreamers throughout the
world. But many immigrants who wish to share and contribute to
America's social fabric have often been met with hostility,
racism, and xenophobia. Lost in the fierce political debates are
the real human faces, stories, and aspirations of the men, women, and
children who leave behind their homes in pursuit of the “American
Join us for our next
discussion with four-time Emmy Winner and NPR reporter, Maria Hinojosa
who will discuss her new book "Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love
and hate in Torn America."
In this memoir the four-time Emmy Winner and NPR
reporter shares her immigrant experience. An urgent call to fellow
Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand
that it affects us all, this honest and heartrending memoir paints a
vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a
feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving
for the truth.
here to order your copy of Once
I Was You: A Memoir of Love and hate in Torn America to
be shipped to your house or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to place a special order for in-store pickup.
Come Join Us!
Come through and enjoy dinner and a special feature film
at our Shirlington location! Limited seating. FREE!
Join us for an amazing true story of a gentle giant who
helped Baltimore win the Super Bowl in 2012 as its starting left
Pre-order food from a special 3-course cinema menu and
have it delivered to your table when you arrive for contactless ordering.
Limited seating. FREE
and open to all!
RSVP required for all
seats to ensure proper social distancing.
We all have a part to play in fighting systemic
racism. Take time to read others stories from the front line and
learn ways you can make meaningful and lasting change. Check out our
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