Stars of black literary arts and culture celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, October 20


The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL) has announced details for its 20th Anniversary Jubilee: A Cultural and Literary Arts Experience taking place Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Brooklyn.

Since its founding in October 2002, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College has grown into a nationally respected resource for Black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora and the ‘Africa. CBL is committed to enriching the public’s knowledge and appreciation of black literature under the leadership of its Founder and CEO. Dr. Greene also leads, as Director, the National Conference of Black Writers at Medgar Evers College (NBWC).

The recipients of the Jubilee event 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 an award-winning journalist, television host and author for more than two decades. Wills and Johnson will receive prizes specially designed by renowned visual artist Ademola Olugebefola, founder of the pioneering WEUSI Artist Collective. Other program highlights will include announcing the winners of the CBL Scholarships and the National Council of English’s annual National Writing Day; and performances by Mahogany L. Browne and CBL teaching artist Michael Green, founder of the Shades of Truth Theatre. The host of the event is 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.

To commemorate this historic milestone, award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez, a longtime supporter of the Center, is presiding over the celebration. Honorary members of the committee include Dr. Greg E. Carr, professor of African American studies at Howard University; Edwidge Danticat, Haitian American novelist and short story writer; Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones; Karen Hunter, journalist and popular talk show host; Talib Kweli, essayist, poet and hip-hop artist; and Dr. Cornel West, academic, political activist, social critic. During the Jubilee, members of Congress, the New York State Assembly, the New York City Council, the Mayor of New York or their officials will present proclamations.
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