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Celebration of Black Writing

One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

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The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Writing in the month of May. Credit: Art Sanctuary


May 1-30, 2015


Now in its 31st year, the Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.

The centerpiece of the month-long celebration is the free exhibition Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh Snap! at Art Sanctuary in Graduate Hospital. On display throughout the month, the exhibition features rarely seen photographs and portraits from the influential Philadelphia native.

Additional highlights include an outdoor festival in partnership with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival (May 2), interviews and author readings every Wednesday; and the Celebration of Black Writing Literary & Arts Conference at Temple University (May 23).

The festival closes out with the Lifetime Achievement Awards on Friday, May 29 at the Temple University Performing Arts Center. The ceremony honors strong literary figures in the African American community.

For more information and a complete calendar of events during the Celebration of Black Writing, click the button below.

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