Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez: Good Women - a Sankofa Film Series presentation

05 February 2014

The Sankofa Film Series presents the screening of “Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez: Good Women” at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. The second of this four film series debuts at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, February 21.  The event includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments to all guests. Following the film, a brief discussion on the documentary will be lead by Broadside Press Editors Dr. Gloria House and Ms. Hilda Vest.

“Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez: Good Women” is a documentary about two of America’s most gifted poets. As each of the women read their work, they reflect on their respective paths; from life in a big city ghetto, to their respected university professorships and the struggles to maintain personal and political values.

About the speakers:

Dr. Gloria House is a professor of Humanities and African and African American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science and her Master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkley. She received her Doctorate degree in American Culture at the University of Michigan where she was also a CEW Scholar and recipient of a Rackham Fellowship.  Dr. House has won distinction as an excellent teacher and pioneer in comparative cultural studies, and a leader for more equitable treatment of minority students, staff and faculty. She also holds the distintion of being named Associate Professor Emerita at Wayne State University. Among her writings are the poetry collections, “Blood River” (1983) and “Rainrituals” (1989). She co-edited the anthology, “A Different Image:  The Legacy of Broadside Press” (2005), which was selected by the Library of Michigan as one of 20 Notable Books of Michigan for 2005. 

Source: “Gloria House – Voice of Detroit.” Web 5 February 2014.  ‎

Mrs. Hilda Vest is a Detroit native and graduate of Northern High School in 1951. After attending Michigan State University for one year, Hilda transferred to Wayne State University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in education. She later served as Vice President on the Board of the University of Michigan’s Harlan Hatcher Library. Ms. Vest taught in Detroit Public School system for 28 years. In 1985, she and her husband purchased the Broadside Press from its founder, poet Dudley Randall. After the purchase, she served as publishing editor for 13 years. Ms. Vest’s  works include, “Homehouse: Memoir of a Southern Childhood” and “Sorrow's End.”

The 2013-2014 Sankofa Film Series is a collaborative effort between the UM-Dearborn’s African & African-American Studies Program and the U-M Detroit Center.

The University of Michigan Detroit Center is located on the first floor of Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Avenue (next to Orchestra Hall). For more information on the event, contact the Detroit Center at / 313-593-3584.