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2021 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium

March 27, 2021 at 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Paule Marshall and John A. Williams are two Black writers whose literary careers were launched with the publication of Brown Girl, Brownstones in 1959 (Marshall) and The Man Who Cried I Am in 1967 (Williams). Both writers penned novels, short stories and essays that represent the racialized experiences of Blacks in America and in doing so issued a call to America: “I Am.”

Their texts explore the impact of politics and social justice on the Black experience in the African diaspora with a particular focus on America and the Caribbean. They make readers aware of the importance of culture, memory, tradition, and politics in shaping the self and one’s cultural identity. They also offer a way to heal from fractured selves and families. However, although their work made a significant contribution to American literature, they have not received the acknowledgment awarded to other writers of their generation. They remain among the “unsung” sheroes and heroes.

Featured program highlights will include a keynote address, roundtable discussions, and dramatic readings.

Confirmed speakers include Carole Boyce-Davies, Edwidge Danticat, Keith Gilyard, Maryemma Graham, Michael Anthony Green, Lawrence Jackson, Evan Marshall, Liza Jessie Peterson, Ishmael Reed, Linda Villarosa, Mary Helen Washington, and Jamia Wilson. Jazz singer Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch will pay a special tribute.

Registration for NBWC2021 is managed by Eventbrite. Visit https://nbwcbiennial2021.eventbrite.com to register.

For more information, visit www.centerforblackliterature.org.


March 27, 2021
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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