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The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College

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Contact Info
  1. Email us
  2. Phone : 718-804-8883
  3. Address : 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
Primary Contact
Clarence Reynolds,

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, conferences, panel discussions, symposia, and writing workshops. Its intellectual approach to programs and activities is an integrative one that focuses on the ways in which the literary arts and cultural values inform the work of Black writers and the ways in which these works influence the culture at large.

Through its collaborations with public schools and organizations such as the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, the Brooklyn Literary Council, and the PEN American Center, the Center for Black Literature serves as a vehicle for nurturing and cultivating the critical reading and writing habits of a cross-generation of readers and writers and provides university, community and public institutions with various literary programs. Funding and support for Center programs have been provided by the public and private sector and include organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the New York Council on the Humanities, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the New-York Historical Society, Poets & Writers, and the Brooklyn Community Foundation, as well as support from local and state elected officials.

Founded in 2003 and spearheaded by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D., the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, builds on the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference that began in 1986 and serves as a voice, mecca, and resource for Black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. It is the only Center devoted to this in the country.Center

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