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Black Arts Movement (BAM) Conference: Legends, Legacy and Lineage

WHO: Third World Press Foundation (TWPF), founded in 1967 by Chicago poet and educator Dr. Haki Madhubuti.

TWPF is the oldest continuously-publishing independent Black press in the United States.

WHAT: The Black Arts Movement (BAM) Conference: Legends, Legacy and Lineage.

The Black Arts Movement, Black Aesthetics Movement or BAM is the artistic outgrowth of the Black Power movement that was prominent in the 1960s and early 1970s.  The movement had its greatest impact in theater and poetry.  Tickets $5 – $20.

WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017

Doors Open 1:30 p.m.; BAM Conference Begins 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago

DETAILS: Black Arts Movement Conference (BAM) Conference: Legends, Legacy and Lineage

Moderated by Michael Simanga:

2pm – Midwest BAM Plenary Session w/Useni Perkins, Herb Boyd & Woody King Jr.

BAM Workshops moderated by Carol Adams:

3pm – 4pm Politics/Fred Horde & Visual Arts/Romi Crawford 4pm – 5pm Culture/Pemon Rami & Music/Diane Turne

5pm – 6pm BAM Dinner & Book Signing 6pm – 6:45pm Concert w/Maggie Brown Moderated by Carol Adams:

7pm – 10pm BAM Intergenerational Poetry & Conversations

Featuring: Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Kalamu ya Salaam, Askia Toure, Lasana Kazembe, Michael Simanga, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, Yahdna Yisreal & Prophet Malaak, Jahari Jones, “KLove” Harris.

Weeklong celebration began Saturday, September 30, with an intergenerational conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ta-Nehisi; his father, former Black Panther Paul Coates, founder of Black Classics Press; and Madhubuti. The weeklong celebration includes a dinner gala on October 7 with headliner jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. Actor, activist and humanitarian Danny Glover and CARES Mentoring Movement founder and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Susan Taylor serve as co-chairs. The Chicago Crusader is the official print media partner. Visit for a full list of TWPF50 events. #TWFP50

ABOUT Third World Press Foundation

For more than 50 years, Third World Press Foundation has published poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by the most prolific writers across multiple generations. Its writers include Pulitzer Prize-winner and Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Jacob Carruthers, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Asa Hilliard, Kalamu ya Salaam, Julianne Malveaux, Gil Scott-Heron, as well as Next Generation writers such as Marc Lamont Hill, Lita Hooper, Michael Simanga, Bakari Kitwana, and many more.

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