Wednesday, November 2, 2016


MoAD, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 

By day, Ajuan Mance is a professor of English teacher at Mills College with an interest in African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, and African American art. By night, she has more recently become an illustrator, cartoonist and zinester. Her moving works of literature and art earned Ajuan Mance the title Guest of Honor at this year’s 2016 San Francisco Zine Fest.


Ajuan Mance’s publications include: Gender Studies, an autobiographical story of life as a Black, genderqueer nerd; The Little Book of Big, Black Bears, a tribute to queer Black men in the bear community; A Blues for Black Santa, explaining what it’s like when no one believes Santa is Black; 1001 Black Men, featuring portraits of Bay Area Black Men; and “Requiem for a Hot Comb,“ a story in the renowned queer diversity comics anthology ALPHABET.


On her 1001 Black Men project Ajuan Mance states, “I push past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives–our history so deeply embedded in our present, our celebrations so often tempered by grief and, yes, the pleasure and danger we find in so many of the people, places, and activities that give us joy.”


Admission to the talk is $10 for the general public, $5 for students or seniors and free admission for Cartoon Art Museum and Museum of the African Diaspora Members. The talk will run approximately 90 minutes with a short reception with Ajuan to follow. The evening will also include access to MoAD’s exhibitions.


About the Black Comix Arts Fest:
The Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates African Americans’ creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate. The two-day event includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more. A partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, BCAF is a festival of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation and is part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in San Francisco. Find out more at


About the Cartoon Art Museum:
 Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public. Visit for more information.


About Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is an arts and cultural institution dedicated to preserving the stories of our common African heritage and sharing those stories with audiences from around the world. Situated in the heart of the Yerba Buena Arts District in San Francisco, MoAD is actively engaged in building a community that inspires, educates and connects people of all ages and backgrounds. MoAD invites everyone to engage in the cultural expression of the African Diaspora through contemporary art. To learn more and to support MoAD, visit