2014 – 2015 John Oliver Killens Reading Series

JOK Reading Series Fall 2014

John Oliver Killens Reading Series

The JOK Reading Series is a component of the John Oliver Killens Chair and is a testament to the legacy of John Oliver Killens to offer Black writers opportunities and a platform to showcase their work. The John Oliver Killens Reading Series was established as a forum to present authors and poets the opportunity to discuss their works and their craft in depth; to read from their published works; and to engage the audience, who will have an opportunity to listen to a lecture or a reading, to meet the author firsthand, and to add to their book collection.

 Fall 2014

“An Evening with Sonia Sanchez”SOS_Sonia Sanchez_cover

Thursday, October 9, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium

1650 Bedford Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11225

Sonia Sanchez, award-winning poet, activist, scholar, professor emerita of English at Temple University, is a coeditor of the recently published SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader, a major anthology of key readings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, one of the most significant cultural movements of American history, edited with John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst. Professors Bracey and Smethurst will join Sanchez on a panel discussion of and readings from the book.



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“A Portrait of an Icon: Stokely Carmichael”

A Book Talk with Author Peniel Joseph

Thursday, November 13, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Medgar Evers College; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium

1638 Bedford Ave.;Brooklyn, NY 11225


Author and professor of history Peniel E. Joseph will be in conversation with Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., founder of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, to discuss his latest book, Stokely: A Life. Newly elected New York Assemblyman Charles Barron will serve as a respondent to the conversation.  In the book, Joseph “captures the life of the man whose uncompromising vision defined political radicalism and provoked a national reckoning on race and democracy.”