The 2015 National Black Writers Conference
Biennial Symposium
“Voices of Liberation and Resistance”
And a Tribute to Danny  Glover
March 28, 2015
Main Program: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 7 p.m.

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Program Booklet_NBWC 2015BIENNIAL_Voices of Liberation

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Program As of March 27, 2015
Program subject to change.

See bios of participants here.


9:30 a.m.:  Registration Opens (pre and on-site)

10:00 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction to the program-
                         Mistress of Ceremonies- Keirna Mayo,

10:15 a.m. — 10:20 a.m.: MEC Student: Christian Ademola Lewis

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Remarks from Dr. Augustine Okereke, Provost
Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

10:30 a.m.  – noon: Tribute & Presentation to Danny Glover with an
Introduction by Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Publisher of Third World Press
Featured Speaker & Honoree Mr. Danny Glover
Mr. Danny Glover Q & A with audience

12:15 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.: Break

1:00 p.m.:  Introduction to Afternoon Programming-
                        Mistress of Ceremonies Dr. Lindamichelle Baron

1:20 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.: Screening of film “The Black Power Mixtape” (100 minutes)

About the film: The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975 is a documentary compiled from the footage by Swedish journalist Goran Hugo Olsson that chronicles the Black Power Movement in the United States. The film samples very powerful voices from the 1960s and 1970s and injects contemporary commentary from older activist such as Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael who were involved with the movement and younger people (including Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and Questlove [Amir Khalib Thompson)] from The Roots) whose lives were changed by it. (Read more at

Film Discussion with Jamal Joseph and Sam Pollard

3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.: Featured Speaker Greg Carr

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion-  “Politics and Culture: The New Dialogue”
Nina Angela Mercer – Moderator
Panelists: Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr, Bridgett Davis, and David Henderson

5:20 – 6 p.m.: Readings that Reflect Upon the Scene-
Readings of works that are representative of  “Voices of Liberation and Resistance.”
Authors include Thomas Sayers Ellis, Sapphire,  and Jacqueline Woodson

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Performance by Heroes Are Gang Leaders
                                       In Memory of Amiri Baraka

Featuring: Thomas Sayers Ellis (poet), James Brandon Lewis (saxophone),
Ryan Frazier (trumpet), Janice Lowe (pianist), and Luke Stewart (bass).
Including Randall Horton (poet),  Prophet Davidson (poet),
Margaret Morris (vocalist).

6:30 – 7 p.m.: Book Signing

7 p.m.- 9 p.m.: Closing Reception –Please purchase tickets in advance.
Sales end at 7 p.m.
No checks accepted on- site.