30th Annual Celebration of Black Writing

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation, with this year marking its 30th anniversary! CBW 2014 boasts a month-long set of events and activities — there will be something for EVERYONE! Details regarding each of our events and activities are below — click here for an overview of the  May calendar of events, or review full detail the individual programming elements by clicking any of the event headings listed below.

The Chicken Bone Beach photo exhibition in the gallery, Opens 5/1 (click here for details) –  For years, African Americans vacationing in Atlantic City were relegated to the beach at Missouri Avenue and the popular fare for the summer was fried chicken, which earned the section the nickname of “Chicken Bone Beach.” It became the destination for icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other celebrities—along with casual vacationers—to unwind during the summers of the Civil Rights era. Photographs by John W. Mosley, curated by the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection – FREE (some prints available for sale)

Literary and Arts Conference and Workshops (Saturday 5/10 and 5/17) two conferences providing access to education and discussion around literary art forms, writing, publishing,  the role of black writing and art in society and much more! — FREE (donations welcomed)

In the Sanctuary sponsored by PECO  – Every Tues/Weds/Thurs in May, enjoy a series of live interviews  and author readings featuring emerging and established local authors of color. — Most are FREE, some are $5 — Click here for more details and to RSVP (requested, but not required) 

Sanctuary LIVE! Friday, 5/16  – a multi-genre monthly showcase celebrating the very best in emerging black artists and performers from Philadelphia and beyond – featuring the acclaimed jazz vocalist Laurin Talese! Includes wine and light fare. – $10 – Click here for more details and to RSVP (requested, but not required)

Lifetime Achievement Awards, Friday, 5/30 (click here for details) culminating the Celebration of Black Writing is the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony — the “Oscars of Black Writing” — which honors authors and institutions who have been major contributors to the proliferation of black literature and literacy. To review our exciting lineup of esteemed honorees and expected performers and get info on purchasing tickets, click here.  

For more information about participating, or if you are interested in sponsorship, please contact us at events@artsanctuary.org or 215-232-4485. 


Special Thanks to our Sponsors!