April 2015- Dr. Brenda M. Greene Honored By The Harlem Arts Festival And The Community Council For Medgar Evers College

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Brooklyn, N.Y. — Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Chair of the English Department and Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, will be recognized for her inspiration and commitment to the community and education leadership by two organizations in April 2015.


On Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Harlem Arts Festival Gala, Dr. Greene will receive the Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Award which is named after Lynnette Velasco, the late Chief of Staff for Councilmember Inez Dickens.  Dr. Greene is the sole honoree for this event.  Velasco was instrumental to establishing the Harlem Arts Festival in 2013. Funds for the gala will support the mission of the Harlem Arts Festival.  Its mission is to provide resources, visibility and career opportunities to artists, to increase participation and engagement in the arts by the Harlem Community and to continue Harlem’s legacy of making art that preserves the history and develops the identity of Harlem.  The event takes place at MADIBA @ MIST HARLEM, at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the event, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-arts-festival-2015-gala-tickets-15052583683.


On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Dr. Greene will receive the Education Leadership Award from the Community Council for Medgar Evers College Inc., at its Annual Spring Scholarship and Leadership Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held 12:00 noon at Medgar Evers College’s Skylight Café, 1638 Bedford Ave. The Community Council for Medgar Evers College Inc. was formed in the early 1960s and incorporated in 1972 as a not-for-profit organization at the insistence of community residents to establish a four-year college in the Central Brooklyn Community. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 347-268-9679, email: meccommunitycouncil@yahoo.com,  go to https://mecccawards2015.eventbrite.com or use the from below.



About Dr. Brenda Greene:

For more than four decades, Dr. Brenda Greene has committed her life to teaching, learning and scholarship, and has worked to provide support that nurtures and cultivates the critical reading and writing habits of a cross-generation of readers and writers. The schools and programs in which she has worked and supported help to affirm students’ self-esteem, identity and cultural awareness and to improve students’ literacy. As the passionate and committed leader of the Center for Black Literature, Dr. Greene has spearheaded several literary programs that provide hundreds of students with access to the literary arts created by Black writers. Having worked in the New York Public School system prior to teaching at Medgar Evers College, Dr. Greene truly knows and values the importance of culturally relevant education and alternative pedagogies.

Dr. Greene’s research and scholarly work include composition, African-American literature and multicultural literature. She holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in education from New York University and has extensive essays, grants, book reviews, and presentations in English studies.