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Celebration of Black Writing

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

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Discover the history of Chicken Bone Beach on the Jersey shore during Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Writing. Credit: Art Sanctuary


May 1-30, 2014


Now in its 30th 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 celebration is the free photo exhibition Chicken Bone Beach at Art Sanctuary in Graduate Hospital. On display throughout the month, the exhibition tells story of Chicken Bone Beach, a blacks-only section of the shore in Atlantic City from about 1900 to the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Additional highlights include an outdoor festival in partnership with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival (May 3), literary and art workshops (May 10, 17), and a live performance from jazz vocalist Laurin Talese (May 16).

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the festival, head to Art Sanctuary for In The Sanctuary, presented by PECO. Listen to readings and interviews from a number of local literary leaders.

The festival closes out with the Lifetime Achievement Awards on Friday, May 30 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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