Currency is cultural medicine—a premise Edgar Villanueva expounds in Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance. The Lumbee tribal member is walking his talk. Net proceeds from book purchases and tickets to his sold-out book launch in New York City tonight will benefit Native youth. Decolonizing Wealth hits shelves tomorrow, October 16.
Prominent names in entertainment will perform at tonight’s event, including Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting, Hamilton), Anthony Ramos (Monsters and Men, Hamilton), and Baratunde Thurston, futurist comedian, writer and cultural critic. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. Attendees will also be treated to an art gallery curated by Villanueva.
Each ticket holder will receive a signed copy of Decolonizing Wealth and be entered to win artwork and prizes hand-selected by the author. The book illuminates how less than 8 percent of philanthropic support goes towards investing in communities of color. Villanueva provides a prescription to change that. Read Native Business Magazine‘s in-depth interview with Villanueva: “Decolonizing Philanthropy: Edgar Villanueva Wants to Change How You Think About ‘Helping’ Native Communities.”
On Wednesday, October 24, Villanueva and The Whitman Institute will host a book launch party in San Francisco at Google Community Space.