HBF Panel Discussions





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The HBF Panel Discussions are located in the Schomburg Library and Countee Cullen Library. Entrance to all discussions, workshops, and presentations at the Schomburg are by donation only. Schedule and panelists are subject to change.


11:30 – 12:00p   The State of African American Literacy
Presenter: Former Congressman J. C. Watts

12:00 – 1:15p    A History of America: A Conversation with Howard
and Walter Mosley
(A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present) (Fortunate Son; Workin' on the Chain
Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History)

1:30 – 2:45p    Memoir and Remembrances: Making Way Out 
                            of No Way

Moderator: Carla Ranger(Director for Educational Partnerships, Dallas County Community College District)

Panelists: Dominic Carter (No Momma's Boy), Charles B. Rangel (And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress), Avie Faison (Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler), Yvonne Thornton (The Ditch-digger's Daughter), June Cross (The Secret Daughter)
Overnight success takes just 10 years. A contribution that has generational impact
requires a lifetime of commitment. Join our panel of achievers as they discuss how success is available from any point and station in life. 

3:00 – 4:15p      Publishing the Diaspora: Challenges and Rewards

Moderator: Marie Umeh
, Nigeria (Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta)
Panelists: Yvette Christianse, South Africa (Unconfessed), Leslie Musoko, UK (Divnity Dawns), Felicia Luna Lemus, Mexico (Like Son), Dale Butler, Bermuda (It Takes a Smiling Raindrop), Judy Powell, Canada (Coffee, Cream and Curry)
As the American reading public becomes dynamically diverse, more foreign-set books come to market. Many titles, (The Kite Runner, Zadie Smith's White Teeth) have found success. What, as a foreign-born writer, are the inherent challenges in finding a publisher, finding an American audience, and ensuring the publication of a second title.

4:30 – 5:45p     'Post-Black Thinking': Where Black Becomes Irrelevant

Moderator: Dr. Anthony Samad
(50 Years After Brown: The State of Black Equality In America)
Panelists: Dr. W.D. Wright (Crisis of the Black Intellectual); Gloria J. Browne-Marshall (Race, Law and America Society); Paul Robeson, Jr. (A Black Way of Seeing); Dr. Carol D. Lee (Culture, Literacy and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind)

A recent article in the New York Times touted a wave of black artists whose visions are rooted not in culture, but in the future. This way of seeing has been termed "post-black". With its insinuation of self-negation, what might be some over-arching impacts of embracing 'post-black' thinking? Is it another assimilation for acceptance ploy or is it simply time to 'get over it'?

6:00 – 7:15p      From Black Power to Hip Hop: The Evolution of
                              Grassroots Political Thought

Moderator: Tony Rose
(Publisher, Amber Communications)
Panelists: Herb Boyd (Race and Resistance: African Americans in the Twenty-First Century, Vol. 1), Peniel Joseph (Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour), Yvonne Bynoe (Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture), Thulani Davis (My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots)

After more than one hundred years of political engagement, the African American community is its least cohesive than in any time within its history.
This is a frank discussion on the impact, shortcomings, and effectiveness of black political activism.
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