Medgar Evers College Professor and Center for Black Literature Executive Director Dr. Brenda M. Greene is among Seven outstanding New Yorkers will be honored at The City College of New York’s 1st Annual Celebration of Women in Arts and Culture Awards ceremony 7 p.m., Friday, March 9 at CCNY’s Aaron Davis Hall. The event is part of The City College’s Women’s History Month celebrations and will be preceded 5 p.m. by an art exhibition titled “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Scholars,” saluting the honorees. Curated by Dr. Myrah Brown Green in the Aaron Davis Hall Gallery, the exhibit runs through April 27, 2012. Both the awards ceremony and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
Fellow honorees include: Camille A. Brown, contemporary dancer and accomplished choreographer; Angela Harden, general manager, WHCR – 90.3 FM radio; Dr. Ramona Hernandez, sociologist, author and executive director, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at CCNY; Lynne Scott Jackson, communications professional & distinguished lecturer, Ad/PR Program, Media & Communication Arts Department, CCNY; Pamela Laskin, author and director, Poetry Outreach Center, CCNY; and Janet Steele, adjunct assistant professor/Vocal Studies, Music Department, CCNY.
Dr. Greene has previously been recognized for excellence in the area of promoting Black literature at the National Conference of Artists 50th Anniversary of promoting black art. She is the author of numerous publications in English Studies, has edited several books in literature and been extensively published in English journals. Additionally, she is senior editor of the Neworld Review and host of the weekly radio show, Writers on Writing, over the airwaves of WNYE, 91.5 fm. She has been a featured scholar on the award-winning Annenberg/PBS video production, Teaching Multicultural Literature in the High Schools and served on the Urban Leadership Institute panel of celebrity moms entitled “Raising Him Alone.”
Dr. Greene is also Director of the bi-annual National Black Writers Conference which has attracted a stellar roster of writers of color throughout the years, including: Colin Channer, Edwidge Danticat, Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, and Walter Mosley. Myrlie Evers is serving as Honorary Chair for the eleventh installment of the conference which will be held on Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1, 2012, on the college campus at 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
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.