The mission of the Center for Black Literature is to expand, broaden, and enrich the public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of the value of black literature. Through a series of programs that build an audience for the reading, discussion, and critical analysis of contemporary black literature and that serve as a forum for the research and study of black literature, the Center convenes and supports various literary programs and events such as author signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, conferences, and symposia.
The Center also collaborates with various organizations including public schools, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum, the PEN American Center, and the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture. In order to accomplish its mission and sustain its programming, the Center must raise funds through private and public organizations and foundations. Funding for Center programs has been provided by organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the New York Council on the Humanities, Poets and Writers, and Independence Community Bank.
- Information about the North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color.
- Information about the Tenth National Black Writers Conference, March 2010.
- Information about Writers on Writing, Sunday evening Radio show.
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Ninth National Black Writers Conference - March 2008:
Black Writers Reading and Writing to
Transform Their Lives and the World
DVDs and Books available now
through the Center for Black Literature.
- watch video from the 2008 National Black Writers Conference from CSPAN's BookTV
- pictures from the March 31, 2007: Tribute to Bob Marlery