Living While Black: An Artist Responds to the Movement for Black Lives at Milpitas Library

Author and Artist Ajuan Mance will present a discussion on her book "Living While Black" at Milpitas Library on Saturday, February 18, 2pm.  Ajuan will discuss the origins of the project and how it fits into the broader themes and topics she addresses in her work.

About Living While Black (From Chronicle Books): In homage to the radical power of art, Living While Black celebrates the small acts of resistance that comprise the daily lives of Black folks by presenting them in a series of vivid illustrations. Begun as Mance’s personal response to the groundswell of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, Living While Black denounces the excessive surveillance, harassment, and violence aimed at Black folks engaged in the activities of everyday life—and celebrates the courage and resilience of the Black community. Fittingly, the book also features a foreword from Alicia Garza, BLM founder and principal at the Black Futures Lab. Mance’s thoughtful meditation on what it’s like to be Black in America makes a wonderful tool for teachers, students, activists, and parents navigating conversations about racism and resistance.

Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College in Oakland, California.  A lifelong artist and writer, Ajuan has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as comic and zine fests, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn.  In her art, illustration, and comics, Ajuan uses humor and bright colors to explore race, gender, power, and the people and places in which they intersect.  Her work as appeared in a number of digital and print media outlets, including, most recently, The Women’s Review of Books,,, Transition Magazine,,, the San Francisco Chronicle,, KPIX News, and Publisher’s Weekly.  Source:

Living While Black