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    Curtis Mayfield and the Impact of His Music on the Civil Rights Movement

    Howard Dodson and Portia Maultsby discussed the social commentary in the music of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and the integral relationship his music had with the Civil Rights Movement. Some…

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    Phillis Wheatley Book Awards

    The presentation of the Phillis Wheatley Book Awards opened the 12th annual Harlem Book Fair. The award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work and…

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    African-American Language and Culture Panel

    A panel discussion was held on the politics of language and culture. The panelists discussed topics including the viability of a concept of “Standard English” in a country with many regional dialects and accents, why…

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    Bicentennial of the Abolition of Transatlantic Slave Trade to the U.S.

    The panel talked about the Transatlantic Slave Trade in relative and contemporary frameworks. They reviewed recent advancements, specifically the creation of several datasets that are…

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    Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the U.S.

    Howard Dodson moderated a panel discussion on the bicentennial of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade to the United States. David Eltis talked about the database he helped compile:…

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    Richard Wright at 100

    Marking the 100th birthday of novelist, non-fiction author and social critic Richard Wright, the panelists talked about the body of his work. The moderator was Maryemma Graham. Hazel Rowley…

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    The State of African American Literacy

    Former Rep. J.C. Watts delivered the annual State of African American Literacy address. Topics included literacy as a pathway to economic, political, and social leadership. He described the…

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    Forced Into Glory

    Lerone Bennett spoke about his book Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream, published by Johnson Publishing. The book depicts President Lincoln as a racist who grudgingly came to the decision…

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    Wall Street, Main Street and the Side Street

    Julianne Malveaux talked about economics and working people. She said that the people who make policy are not those who live the policy and that the productive lives in communities,…