The Black Literature Center turns 20 – Caribbean Life

The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thursday, October 20.

To commemorate the milestone, CBL said Monday that a special event, 20th Anniversary Jubilee: A Cultural and Literary Arts Experience, will be held in person at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Sonia Sanchez, a longtime supporter of the center, is the honorary chair of the celebration, and esteemed friends of the center — Greg E. Carr, Edwidge Danticat, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Karen Hunter, Talib Kweli and Cornel West — will serve on the honor committee.

CBL said some committee members will be present and deliver remarks in person.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, daughter of a Jamaican-born retired economist, sent a congratulatory statement that will be read publicly at the jubilee.
In addition, members of Congress, members of the New York State Assembly, members of the New York City Council, the Mayor of the City of New York or their officials will present proclamations at the celebration.

The center also announced that the two honorees of the Jubilee Celebration are Troy Johnson, President and Founder of the African American Literature Book Club, for his literary activism and institution building, and Cheryl Wills for her work as a journalist. award-winning television host and author for over two decades.

CBL said BET, Meta Business Partners and Nielsen are corporate sponsors of the Jubilee.
Founded in October 2002 by Dr. Brenda Greene, CBL said in a statement that it is committed to its mission to expand and enrich public knowledge and appreciation of black literature.

Earlier this year, CBL, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, hosted a writing contest, Celebrating Black Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice, to high schools and colleges. students.

The contest celebrates both CBL’s 20th anniversary and the annual National Writing Day of the National Council of Teachers of English.
The winners of the writing competition will be announced during the Jubilee celebration and will receive scholarships.

CBL said the jubilee will feature live music from the Ricardo Strobert Quartet (Ricardo Strobert, Alec Aird, Gene Torres and Larry Williams); a performance of poetry by poet, curator, writer and educator Mahogany L. Browne (the first-ever Poet-in-Residence at Lincoln Center in New York and current Executive Director of the Bowery Poetry Club); and a dramatic performance by CBL actor, director, producer and teaching artist Michael Green, founder of the critically acclaimed Shades of Truth Theatre.

Also of note, legendary visual artist and activist Ademola Olugebefola, one of the founders of the artist collective WEUSI, will create special prizes for the winners.
The celebration will be hosted by Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq., lawyer, activist, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and host of the Lurie Daniel Favors Show on SiriusXM Urban View.

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