Wednesday, October 23, 2013

State of Black Writers Symposium at Essex County College on Thursday, October 24: Free & Open to the Public

On Thursday, October 24, Essex County College’s Africana Institute in partnership with ECC’s Division of Humanities, and the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society at the Newark Public Library will host the Fifth Annual State of Black Writers Symposium.

The 2013 State of Black Writers symposium, "Activism in the 21st Century," will examine “activism” as a continuing paradigm in the lives and writings of people of African descent. Writers from all academic disciplines, as well as those outside of academia, have been invited to participate in this day-long symposium as we consider the state of activism in the African diaspora. Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Director of the Africana Institute, will open the conference, and  the joint keynote address will be delivered by civil rights activists Claudette Colvin and Angeline Butler, respectively. Below are links to more information on these living legends of civil rights activism.

I will also being moderating a panel (at 11:30), titled "The Red Record to "The Root": Black Media Activism from Print Culture to Social Networking." Shelagh Patterson (professor at Montclair University), Cyrille Phipps (independent filmmaker and media professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Essex County College), and Imani Henry (activist, writer, performer) will be the panelists--each sharing their work and experiences as activists utilizing a variety of social media to disseminate information, communicate with the public, and to inspire others to action.

The entire schedule is listed in the image above--the panel discussions run from 9:30 am - 6:30 pm, and culminate in a special screening of Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, which begins at 6:45 pm.
The symposium is free and open to the public, and will convene in Smith Hall of the Main Campus (303 University Avenue) in the heart of Newark's University Heights. 

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