8. Virtually Participate In The Schomburg Center’s Annual Literary Festival

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Hosts of annual literary festival culminating on Juneteenth
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Image courtesy Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/NYPL

From June 14th to June 19th, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is hosting its annual Literary Festival. This year, the all-virtual event will champion authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that prioritize Black history and culture. Programming for the festival will include activities for individuals of all ages. 

In honor of Juneteenth’s cultural importance to the Black American community, The Schomburg Center’s programming for that day entitled Words Like Freedom will highlight a stunning lineup of authors whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry celebrate the presence of freedom in our everyday lives. Throughout the day, the work of past and present authors will be read, discussed, and placed in context within American society today. Some highlights will include readings of “Prayer for the Living” by Ben Okri, “Let My People Vote” by Desmond Meade, and “One Drop One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race” by Yaba Blay. The event’s closing program will include the work “Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance” by Hanif Abdurraqib in conversation with Dawnie Walton. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m with advance online registration required.