BAM, 34th Tribute to MLK, Martin Luther King, Nikole Hannah-Jones
Nikole Hannah-Jones

A number of esteemed writers will be talking the state of Black theater, film, Trump and much more in four events leading up to the 15th annual National Black Writers Conference.

The theme for this year’s conference and pre-conference events is: Activism, Identity, and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads.

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY has announced the pre-conference programing, which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, playwright Elizabeth Addison, actors Trazana Beverley and Nambi E. Kelley, professor Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, students Shafika Burke and Kayode Afolabi Clarke, award-winning producer Lee Daniels, Walk Tall Productions President Marcia Pendelton and others.

On Oct. 20, there will be a film discussion on The Hate U Give, looking at the racial pandemic in the United States. On Nov.4, there will be a town hall on the theme ‘Black Writers Address Activism Before, During, (and After?) the Age of Trump.’ On Nov. 6, there will be a Black Writers Conference Poetry Slam.

The focus of the events and conference is on boldly affirming and celebrating ways Black playwrights and screenwriters expand society’s understanding of Black life and the human experience.

The pre-conference events will stream for free and are open to the general public. To register, click here.

The official conference kicks of on Wednesday, November 11 through Saturday, November 14, 2020. For more information, click here.

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