WORDS LIKE FREEDOOM

There are words like Freedom

Sweet and wonderful to say. 

On my heart-strings freedom sings 

All day everyday. 

There are words like Liberty

That almost make me cry. 

If you had known what I knew 

You would know why.

REFUGEE IN AMERICA 

by Langston Hughes

 
 

SCHOMBURG CENTER LITERARY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

**More to come! Check back for updates.**

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PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT!

 

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spiritual Memoir

June 8 | 7:00 PM (ET)

Presented in Partnership with NYPL LIVE

The bestselling author shares their debut work of nonfiction, Dear Senthuran, a memoir that "deeply engages with the metaphysics of Black spirit and singularly faces the Black reader." Akwaeke Emezi speaks with Saidiya Hartman about their revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.

 

MONDAY

June 14 | 6:30 PM (ET)

 

Land of the Free

Natalie Baszile’s debut novel, Queen Sugar, and her latest anthology, We Are Each Other's Harvest, elevate the voices and stories of black farmers. She joins us in examining Black people’s connection to the American land from Emancipation to today.

Featuring Natalie Baszile

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TUESDAY

June 15 | 6:30 PM (ET)

Two Freedoms: Speech and Guns

Carol Anderson author of The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America and Ellis Cose, author of The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America take us through our fraught history with the first and second amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Featuring Ellis Cose and Carol Anderson

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WEDNESDAY

June 16 | 6:30 PM (ET)

 

Freedom to Publish

As news outlets laud a new Black renaissance in the visual and literary arts, Dr. Haki Madhubuti, founder and Publisher of Third World Press and Chris Jackson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, discuss the challenges and freedoms that come with choosing what gets published and subverting dominant narratives.

Featuring Dr. Haki Madhubuti and Chris Jackson

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THURSDAY
June 17 | MULTIPLE PROGRAMS | 1:00 - 7:00 PM (ET)
 

No Small Voice

Join us for a half-day of readings, panel discussions, and more for young people, featuring prose and poetry, comic books and storybooks.

1:00 (ET)

Jupiter Invincible 

By Yusef Komunyakaa, illustrated by Ashley A. Wood, and Ram Devineni, AR Creator

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RAM DEVINENI photo by Stephen Cherry
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2:30 (ET)

 

Chlorine Sky 

By Mahogany L. Browne

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2:30 (ET)

 

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

By Jodie Patterson

The ABCs of Black History

By Rio Cortez

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SATURDAY
June 19 | 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (ET)

 

Words Like Freedom

We are celebrating Juneteenth with an incredible line up of authors from across the globe, including Farah Jasmine Griffin, Ben Okri, Desmond Meade, and Yaba Blay, whose works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry celebrate and interrogate the sweet refrain of freedom’s song in our everyday lives.

  June 19 | 10:30 (ET)

 JUNETEENTH OPENING PROGRAM 

  TWO VIRTUAL STAGES | TEN PROGRAMS

1080 The Schomburg Center Literary Festi

June 19 | 11:00 AM (ET)

Read Until You Understand

By Farah Jasmine Griffin

Moderated by Tressie McMillan Cottom

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Book available September 2021

SATURDAY

June 19 | 12:00 PM (ET)

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED:

A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America 

By Clint Smith

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SATURDAY

June 19 | 12:15 PM (ET)

 

One Drop

By Dr. Yaba Blay

Yaba Blay by Chris Charles
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SATURDAY

June 19 | 1:00 PM (ET)

A Prayer for the Living

By Ben Okri

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SATURDAY

June 19 | 1:15 PM (ET)

The Age of Phillis and

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

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SATURDAY

June 19 | 2:00 PM (ET)

Long Division

By Kiese Laymon

Let My People Vote: Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

By Desmond Meade

Moderated by Reginald Dwayne Betts

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SATURDAY

June 19 | 2:15 PM (ET)

Mama Phife Represent

By Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

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SATURDAY

June 19 | 3:00 PM (ET)

A Girl is a Body of Water / The First Woman

By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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SATURDAY

June 19 | 3:15 PM (ET)

Voices from Harlem

presented by 

Harlem Writers Guild

 

Featuring John Robinson, Marc polite, Angela Dews, Malik Kirkwood, Eartha W. Hicks, Robert Woodbine, Kay Bell, Judy Andrews, and Minnette Coleman

Harlem Writers Guild 2021

SATURDAY

June 19 | 4:30 PM (ET)

A Little Devil in America:

Notes in Praise of Black Performance

By Hanif Abdurraqib

Moderated by Dawnie Walton

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More to come
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