To Sing of Common Things- "Their Names Are Mine" by Rajnii Eddins, at The C...

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The Historic Barn House

2122 Greenbush Road

Clemmons Family Farm

Charlotte, VT 05445

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Join us for the second of our five-part "To Sing of Common Things: Making A Way Out of No Way" speakers series, moderated by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant. Vermont spoken word poet and author Rajnii Eddins will read from selected parts of his book, Their Names Are Mine, on Sunday, August 4, 2019, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm. Q&A, discussion, refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation. Autographed copies of the book will be available for sale by the author.

About the Book:

Rajnii’s latest published work, Their Names Are Mine, is a powerful collection of more than 20 years of his poetry that confronts white supremacy while affirming our collective humanity. “Rajnii’s tongue is ancestral, and his spirit is free. In the tradition of sacred word-warriors, he names the fallen and the martyrs with extraordinary grace and a humbling consciousness that manifest light in all directions. His fiery poems ration out eternal wisdoms that call forth simply a substitution of love for hate and a spiritual reckoning so that we all can breathe,” writes Major Jackson, Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review, in his critique of the book. Eddins is a resident of Burlington, Vermont.

What lessons can we learn from these poems and apply to our lives in today's society? In the face of indescribable traumas, oppression and violence, what are the ingredients to individual and collective fortitude, resilience and triumph over such adversity? How can we help one another, as a multicultural community, to find our own fortunes- however we may define them?

About the Speaker:

Originally from Seattle Washington, Rajnii Eddins has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years as a spoken word artist. He was the youngest member of the African-American Writers’ Alliance at age 11 and has been actively sharing his creative work with Vermont’s communities since moving to the Burlington, Vermont area nine years ago. Among many other occupations, Rajnii is one of the Clemmons Family Farm's collaborating artists who lead, plan and implement African-American and African diaspora arts and culture programming through our "A Sense of Place" project in Vermont communities.

Above: Rajnii Eddins, Author of Their Names Are Mine

About the Series Discussion Moderator: Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant

Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant is the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Vermont (UVM). Throughout her years of leadership, she has established programs and policies fundamental to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at the University including tools to enhance employee
performance and professional development opportunities.

She is the recipient of the 2018 University of Vermont Alumni Achievement Award, and the 2018 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Individual Leadership Award. She has been recognized in her community for her dedication to social justice issues and for her sponsorship of women leaders in higher education, and she has been instrumental in UVM being recognized for its commitment to diversity and well-being in the workplace and in the classroom.

Dr. Heading-Grant is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Education and Social Services and a member of the graduate faculty at UVM. She received her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UVM, and her Master of Social Work degree from Adelphia University. In 2018, she became a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management, and earned her Women’s Leadership Certificate from the Yale School of Management.

Above: Wanda Heading-Grant, "To Sing of Common Things" Speaker Series Moderator

About the Clemmons Family Farm

Located in Charlotte near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Clemmons Family Farm is ​one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm includes 6 historic buildings (circa late 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990’s residence, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife. Your donations and other support for our programs helps us to keep this Farm available for African-American and African diaspora history, arts and culture programs for the community.

Admission is Free! Donations are Welcome!

We're grateful for donations when you attend wonderful events like these. Donations to the Clemmons Family Farm help us to preserve one of the rare African-American owned farms in the state of Vermont and in New England as a cultural heritage asset for the community! There are nearly one billion acres of farmland in the United States. Over the past century, African-American land ownership in the U.S. has decreased by 93%: from a combined total of 41 million acres to just 3.5 million acres today. Over the same timeframe, White land ownership decreased by just 3%.

According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 19 are African-American-owned or operated.

Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in Vermont, only 740 acres are owned or principally operated by African Americans. less than half of one percent (0.4%) of all farms in the United States are African-American-owned.


Where do I park?

The Barn House address is located on the west side of the road at 2122 Greenbush Road, Charlotte Vermont 05445. Please park in the barnyard at the "Big Barn" located across the street (east side) from the Barn House. You will see an "Event Parking" sign indicating the area where you can park. Additional parking is located south of the Big Barn-- look for more "Event Parking" signs at 2213 Greenbush Road.

What do I do if I cannot walk down and up the hill to the Barn House?

Please contact us before the event at or call (765) 560-5445 and leave a message so that we can arrange for a car to drive you down (and up) the hill. Also, the Barn House has an access ramp for those who may have difficulty using the stairs at the main entrance.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us if you have any questions about the event. You can reach us at or call (765) 560-5445.

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