TWPF 50th Anniversary Features Writers, Poets, Entertainment

Chicago Crusader Is Official Print Media Partner

TWPF FOUNDER Dr. Haki Madhubuti and TWPF 50th anniversary media partner Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the Chicago/Gary Crusader newspapers, meet at the historic headquarters of the country’s oldest continuously-publishing independent publisher of Black books.

Third World Press Foundation (TWPF) kicks off a week long 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 30, that will culminate with a gala featuring Grammy award-winning jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson on Saturday, October 7, at the Parkway Ballroom. Event co-chairs are actor, activist and humanitarian Danny Glover and CARES Mentoring Movement founder and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Susan Taylor. Founded in 1967 by Chicago poet and educator Dr. Haki Madhubuti, TWPF is the oldest continuously-publishing independent Black press in the United States. The Chicago Crusader is the official print media partner.


Saturday, September 30 – Co-Sponsor: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Intergenerational Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Paul Coates and Haki Madhubuti

An intergenerational conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning writer TaNehisi Coates; his father, former Black Panther Paul Coates, founder of Black Classics Press and BCP Digital Printing; and Madhubuti.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago

5 p.m.-7 p.m. Panel & book signing
7:30pm CD release concert – Nicole Mitchell & Black Earth Ensemble

Sunday, October 1 – Co-Sponsor: The Safe Community of St. Sabina

Keeping Peace: Conversations on Life, Legacy, Commitment and Struggle

St. Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Pl., Chicago

1p.m.-3 p.m. An intimate conversation, community dialogue & book release with Cornel West, Fr. Michael Pfleger, Haki Madhubuti and Lasana Kazembe

Tuesday, October 3 – Co-Sponsor: Institute for Positive Education (IPE)

Chicago Premiere of “Footprints of Pan-Africanism” Movie Screening & Conversation with Filmmaker Shirikiana Aina, wife of award-winning writer, producer and director Haile Gerima, who co-produced the critically-acclaimed SANKOFA with Gerima

7pm Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th St.

Wednesday, October 4 – Co-Sponsors: Studio Movie Grill, The Poetry Foundation, BMOA

Gwendolyn Brooks Day: Special screening and discussion of Brooks People by Shahari Moore & Riding and Striding, Reaching and Teaching: A Short Film of a Day in the Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Roy Lewis; special guest Nora Brooks Blakely (daughter of Gwendolyn Brooks)

10 a.m.-Noon Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th St., Chicago (private student screening)

6 p.m. Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago (Roy Lewis film only)

6:30 p.m. Chicago Soul in Action: A Celebration of the Words and Music of Gwendolyn Brooks and Curtis Mayfield by Lucy Smith and Cheryl Corley

Thursday, October 5 – Co-Sponsor: Kennedy-King College

Jessica Care Moore: Up Close and Personal

Kennedy-King College Theater, 6301 S. Halsted St., Chicago

6:30 p.m. Presentations by Malcolm London & Ugochi Nwagwugwu
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Performance by Jessica Care Moore

Friday, October 6

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

Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago

2 p.m.-5 p.m. BAM Politics, Visual Arts, Culture & Music Workshops

5 p.m.-6 p.m. Dinner and book signing

6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Musical set with Maggie Brown

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Poetry Set with Sonia Sanchez & Haki Madhubuti, Kalamu ya Salaam, Askia Toure, Lasana Kazembe, Michael Simanga, Yahdna YIsreal, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, Kendria KLove & Jahari Jones

Saturday, October 7

Presentation by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago

Noon-2 p.m. Struggle and Building Institutions for Eternity: Karaida, Kwanzaa, Third World Press & Us

6 p.m.-10 p.m. Third World Press Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala

The Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Dr., Chicago

Dinner, presentations and musical performances featuring a concert by Cassandra Wilson

Ticket information and details can be found at

Co-sponsors of the historic celebration include the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) of Chicago and Northwest Indiana; David & Reva Logan Center for the Arts; the Institute for Positive Education; Kennedy-King College; Original Soul Vegetarian Restaurant; the Poetry Foundation; the Safe Community of St. Sabina; and the Studio Movie Grill.

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