Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College at the Sixth Annual Brooklyn Book Festival

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College shall participate in the Sixth Annual Brooklyn Book Festival at Borough Hall and its environs on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Considered the largest free literary event in New York City, this Brooklyn Borough President Literary Council – sponsored festival shall feature an exciting array of literary stars including Terry McMillan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Walter Mosley, and Colson Whitehead, and many others.

“I am pleased that the Center for Black Literature is represented on the Brooklyn Borough President’s Literary Council and that we have a role in ensuring that diverse voices continue to be an important part of the Brooklyn Book Festival,” said Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature. “Our presence on the Council and at the Book Festival will greatly enrich the knowledge of Black literature for Brooklynites and for the broader literary community.”

The festival is one of America’s premier book festivals with its hip, smart, diverse gathering which attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for the community to interact with great storytellers,” said Dr. William L. Pollard, President of Medgar Evers College. “I encourage everyone to enjoy this literary fest and develop a rewarding love for literature and writing.”

There festival also includes several Brooklyn Bookend events – literary themed events taking place across Brooklyn in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries. The Bookend Events kick-off the long literary weekend (September 15-18) with film screenings, parties, children’s theatre, literary games, and author appearances.

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About the Center for Black Literature

The Center for Black Literature was established in 2003 to expand, broaden, and enrich the general public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of the value of black literature and to continue the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference. Through a series of programs it builds an audience for the reading, discussion, and critical analysis of contemporary black literature and that becomes a forum for the research and study of black literature. CBL is the only one of its kind in the United States that serves as a voice, mecca and resource for Black writers as they are able to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. Both CBL and NBWC offer stellar literary programs such as author signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, conferences, and symposia that impact the residents of Brooklyn, the city and the broader international community.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.