Business & community leaders, artists, educators, administrators and activists from throughout Arizona will attend the State of Black Arizona Vol IV publication release focused on arts and art education and featuring a special tribute to the late Dr. Jefferson Eugene Grigsby Jr. BLACKPOET VENTURES, ALONG WITH COLLAB X, WILL PERFORM A SET DURING THE DEDICATION MIXER, INCLUDING A SPECIAL TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE TO DR. GRIGSBY. The event, hosted by tv news anchor Kim Covington, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Limited seating available, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 602-888-4075. Hard copies of Vol. IV will be available to event attendees only. The digital version is accessible after April 15. * * * The State of Black Arizona through its publication initiative facilitates important conversations and programs that impact the lives of African Americans in Arizona. SBAZ will unveil its much-anticipated fourth publication focused on arts and arts education. SBAZ Vol. IV features research, data and human-interest stories of African American artists, educators, administrators and activists across Arizona. It also features a special tribute to the legendary African American artist, educator, author, lecturer and researcher, Dr. Jefferson Eugene Grigsby, Jr. (1918-2013). While Dr. Grigsby is no longer with us, his contribution to the arts and art education lives on. The State of Black Arizona Vol. IV is supported by partnerships with Arizona State University, APS, Arizona Community Foundation, City of Phoenix Public Works, State Farm Insurance, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Southwest Gas Corporation and Arizona Commission for the Arts. About SBAZ Founded in 2008, SBAZ has maintained a community commitment to facilitate a greater understanding among community stakeholders of the issues, concerns, and status of Blacks in Arizona in order to improve decision- making as it affects the lives of all Arizonans. Modeled after the National Urban League's "State of Black America," the SBAZ publications reveal Arizona's African-Americans, where they live and how they live relative to the general population in Arizona and other African Americans in several major quality of life categories.
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