Join the VAHA Summer 2021 Book Discussion

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

This summer, join the Valencia African Heritage Association (VAHA) to discuss Octavia Butler’s “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation.” Originally written in 1979 three years after the Bicentennial, the illustrated form was adopted and published in 2017 through the work of educators and artists John Jennings and Damian Duffy.

“This graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century… [The] work tells the story of Dana, a young Black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South…[Kindred is] held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, as well as a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, the intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed in the book still remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue.” Continue reading more about the novel at Abrams Books.

In celebration of Octavia E. Bulter’s 74th birthday (1947-2006), VAHA will host the book discussion on:

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Register here. The first 10 registrants will receive a copy of the graphic novel.

Participants can access the graphic novel online from the Valencia College library, by logging in with your Atlas username and password.

VAHA’s mission is to celebrate and foster inclusion of cultural and educational awareness of the African diaspora at Valencia College, as well as build inclusivity of the social and political interests and concerns of faculty, staff and students of African diaspora collegewide and in the community. The Valencia African Heritage Association has campus- and regional-based committees to promote its mission and observances of African-diaspora heritage, culture and diversity. Employees interested in learning more about their work and how they can get involved are invited to email

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