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TWPF 50th Anniversary Features Writers, Poets, Entertainment

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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