Audio interview with Damon Lamar Fordham, "Samuel Smalls: The Forgotten Man Behind ‘Porgy & Bess.’”

Leroy - Posted on 28 January 2013

Leroy Moore

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Leroy interviews Damon Lamar Fordham, author and professor about the story of Samuel Smalls aka Porgy in his book, True Stories of Black South Carolina,where he talked to the family of Samuel Smalls at his upcoming talk at U.C. @ Berkeley, CA on Feb 8th 7pm (Details below).  We also talked about his other books and a lack of disability history in African American studies and more.  Come out on Feb 8th/13 @ 7pm on UCB campus, 310 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley  Below are more details


Porgy’s Stories: Race, Disability and Representation A Roundtable
Friday Feb 8 , 7 pm, 310 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Please join us for food and drink (think crab and other Catfish Row treats) and lively discussion when a group of experts who have fascinating things to say about Porgy and Bess and the histories behind it welcome our guest of honor, Charleston-based author Damon Lamar Fordham. Sponsored by the Disability Studies Program, UC Berkeley.

Where: 310 Dwinelle (Please read the directions below).


Damon Lamar Fordham, "Samuel Smalls: The Forgotten Man Behind ‘Porgy & Bess.’”

Historian Damon Lamar Fordham is the author of multiple books on African American history in South Carolina, including Mr. Potts and Me (Charleston: Evening Post Books, 2012) Voices of Black South Carolina: Legend and Legacy (Charleston: History Press, 2009), and True Stories of Black South Carolina (Charleston: History Press, 2008).

Todd Carmody, "Porgy and Prehistory: The Port Royal Experiment."

Todd Carmody is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the English Department at UC Berkeley, where he is currently writing a book on disability and the social geography of race in the postbellum United States. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Callaloo, and Criticism.

Leroy F. Moore, Jr. “Poetic Porgy in the Reality of Today.”

Leroy Moore is a Black writer, poet, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability. He is the creator of Krip-Hop Nation (Hip-Hop artists with disabilities and other disabled musicians from around the world) and is currently writing a Krip-Hop book on musicians with disabilities from the Blues to Hip-Hop.

Anthony Tusler, “Porgy’s Long Journey.”

Anthony Tusler is a writer, consultant, trainer, and advocate on disability issues and disability culture. Founding director of the Disability Resource Center at Sonoma State University, he helped launch a number of disability-related nonprofits. He has published an article specifically on Porgy, in New Mobility.

This event is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact Susan Schweik at, 510-292-0589

Directions for Dwinelle Hall: Dwinelle Hall is notorious for being hard to navigate. In order to find the room we suggest that you follow the directions below. 1. Enter campus via Sather Gate, which is located near where Telegraph Avenue meets the Berkeley campus. After going through the Gate and crossing the immediately following bridge, the first building on your left will be Dwinelle Hall. Enter through the doors off the big plaza. 2. This entrance to Dwinelle Hall is on Level D. To the right in the main hall, there will be an elevator. Take it to Level F/G. Alternately, you can take the stairwell directly opposite the elevator. 3. Once you have exited the elevator, follow the room numbers to 310. (Dwinelle Hall has two wings, North and South. In the North Wing of Dwinelle, rooms are numbered in the 1000s. You want the South Wing of Dwinelle, where rooms are numbered in the 100s—on this floor, the 300s).


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