The Center for Black Literature Presents Special Literary Events on the Topics of Legacy

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The Center for Black Literature Presents Special Literary Events on the Topics of Legacy and Responsibility of Black Writers with Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Ashley Johnson, Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

New York (March 2016) The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will present two events that will keep the dialogue moving on the topics of the role and the responsibility of the black writer and black institutions in today’s fast-paced, highly technical and global society.

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., the Center will host a town hall forum with Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, journalist Ashley Johnson and other invited guests who will discuss the ways for ensuring that institutions and writers of the African diaspora have platforms for addressing the issues of secession and legacy in today’s society. This intergenerational discussion will speak to questions such as: Is there is a need for a Center for Black Literature in a post-civil rights era and in a society that some have labeled as “postracial?” Do we still need “spaces” in which to document the writing and work of black writers? The town hall talk will be facilitated by Professor Wallace Ford, chair of the Public Administration Department at Medgar Evers College, talk show host and author of two novels, The Pride (2005) and What You Sow (2007).

Dr. Haki R.Madhubuti founded Third World Press in 1967 and has published more than 31 titles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His latest book is titled

Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-First Century America, a Poet’s Representation and Challenge.

Ashley Johnson is a 23-year-old writer, publisher and educator who officiated her own independent publishing company evoLutionNYC (evoLNYC).

This event takes place at Medgar Evers College, Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1638 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225, and is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Center will present a conversation with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad on the topic of “Writing Race, Embracing Difference.” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will engage in a conversation on politics and race in a “racially constructed” society.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans, is the author of 16 books; his most recent being The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and is one of the world’s leading research facilities dedicated to the history of the African diaspora.

This program takes place at Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. Suggested donation.

This year’s special programs and the 2016 National Black Writers Conference have received contributions and funding from the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs; the National Endowment for the Arts; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Con Edison; New York Council for the Humanities; New-York Historical Society; and W.W. Norton & Co.

For more information about these programs and the 13th National Black Writers Conference and to RSVP, please call 718-804-8883 or visit the Center for Black Literature’s website at For media requests, contact Gilda Squire, Squire Media and Management Inc. at or 212-928-8090.