Many of you have heard of the Underground Railroad and you may have watched the PBS series “The Underground Railroad” and heard of the bravery of Harriett Tubman (and many others). But have you heard of the Overground Railroad? There was a movie called “The Green Book” which exposes segregation to travelers prior to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This is what is referred to as the Overground Railroad.
On Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m., Tamika Sanders uses storytelling, historical artifacts, and songs to present the ingenuity and resilience used by those involved in the Underground Railroad. She then explores the Green Book which helped foster a network of safe places that allowed Blacks to travel.
Sander’s creative work provides an interactive program that incorporates the arts and multicultural training to bridge culture and socioeconomic divides. This is guaranteed to be a very enlightening and entertaining presentation in a creative format.
Sanders has a Ph.D. in Higher Education, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. In 2009, she started her company Savvy Pen to provide interactive programs that incorporate arts learning and multicultural training to bridge cultural and socioeconomic divides between educators and their students. She is also a producing collaborating partner of the Bi-National Arts Residency (BNAR), which connects cultural communities in the Sonoran Desert together with issues of social justice and identity through art.
Sander's work in the community earned her an invitation to speak at the TEDx Phoenix Salon about community sustainability in 2012, a Community Luminary Award in 2014, and a nomination for the 2015 Humanities Rising Star Award for individuals using creative approaches to engage the public in humanities topics. Her goal is to continue using the arts to break barriers, inspire youth, and create social change.
Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.