#PartnerTuesdays: Black Writers Museum

Date: 
February 25, 2014

UAC Program Partner the Black Writers Museum provides a venue and forum for the public to explore, celebrate, and experience the wonders of writing and reading through the exhibition and study of Black Literature. Their mission is to inspire and cultivate another generation of writers, public speakers and literary giants.

The Black Writers Museum (BWM) offers exhibits of classic and contemporary Black Literature and its authors as a means of educating the public to the wonderful and powerful contributions that African Americans have made to World history. The BWM provides public tours of exhibits with workshops, seminars, community forums, events and activities that tell the story of the Black experience through literature. The BWM has hosted tourists from France, Italy, Africa, and has provided tours, workshops and lectures for students attending universities including Temple, Drexel, Penn, Community College of Philadelphia, Yale and others.

Every Summer, BWM hosts the annual Summer Poetry and Jazz Festival in Vernon Park and presents the "Living Legend of Poetry" award to an African American poet that has displayed a committed and continual poetic voice in helping to shape the world view of Black People throughout the diaspora. Past award recipients include legendary poet Sonia Sanchez and the late Amiri Baraka. Starting in July, BWM will host a weekly jazz and poetry day in Vernon Park leading up to the Poetry and Jazz Festival in August 2014. 

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the Black Writers Museum hosted a public reception celebrating the Opening of the new Ida B. Wells Barnett Library, Resource Center and Computer Lab, with the unveiling of the exhibit, "Two Eras Linked in Love, Battle and Literature: Scenes of the Black Arts Movement and the Harlem Renaissance."  In April the BWM will host the W. E. B. Dubois Lecture Series, founded and facilitated by well known Dubois scholar, Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Professor of African American studies at Temple University.

For more information about the Black Writers Museum visit www.blackwritersmuseum.com