Event: Art Sanctuary’s 29th Celebration of Black Writing Closing Day Events
Art Sanctuary’s closes out the 29th Celebration of Black Writing with
student matinees, a Lunchtime Chat with playwright Ntozake Shange and
acclaimed journalist Annette John Hall, and the Lifetime Achievement
Awards honoring noted songwriter Valerie Simpson of the hit duo ‘Ashford
Adult authors Sharon Flake and Deborah Gregory join Dr. Yaba A. Blay,
Assistant Teaching Professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University
and Artistic Director of the multi-platform project (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race
for a conversation with a group of female students about what it means
to be a young woman in today’s society. Moderated by spoken word artist
and youth advocate Nina “Lyrispect” Ball.
does it mean to be a young man in hip hop culture? We will tackle this
issue in a conversation between a group of male students, Philadelphia
Youth Poetry Movement Founder/Executive Director and youth advocate Greg
Corbin and youth entrepreneur Rashaun Williams, moderated by youth
advocate Gabriel Bryant.
women business leaders from across the region will gather for an
intimate conversation with playwright Ntozake Shange and journalist
Annette John Hall.
Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival: Lifetime Achievement
Awards Ceremony at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center, 1837 N.
is the culmination of Art Sanctuary’s yearlong celebration of the
literary achievements of Black women. Join us as Art Sanctuary pays
tribute to songwriter Valerie Simpson of ‘Ashford & Simpson’,
Ntozake Shange and Annette John-Hall. This event will be capped off by a special musical tribute to often-unsung Black women songwriters and a performance from legendary jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon backed by Philly’s own Urban Guerilla Orchestra.
Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American
literary events in the nation with this year marking its 29th
anniversary. Originally founded by Larry Robins of the iconic Robins
Bookstore, Art Sanctuary began producing the festival in 2004. It has
since grown from a one-day gathering of authors and literary
intellectuals to a weeklong event reaching more than 5,000 participants
over the course of one week. This year, Art Sanctuary puts the
‘celebration’ back in Celebration of Black Writing by making it a
month-long event, filled with citywide programming, from Germantown to
South Philadelphia. To learn more, visit www.artsanctuary.org.