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    Panel Discussion on Politics and Literature

    Panelists talked about politics and literature. Panelists included Edwidge Danticat, author of Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work; author Charles Johnson; and Victoria Chevalier,…

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    Panel Discussion on Black Writers in the Digital Age

    Panelists talked about black writers in the digital age. Panelists included author and journalist Farai Chideya; Akiba Solomon, editorial director of Colorlines; poet Tai Allen; Johnny Temple,…

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    Panel Discussion on Memories

    Panelists talked about memories from youth to adulthood. Panelists included young adult novelist Coe Booth; Michael Datcher, author of Raising Fences: A Black Man’s Love Story; D. Watkins, author of…

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    Panel Discussion on Race and Gender

    Panelists talked about race and gender. Panelists included Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout: A Novel; Cora Daniels, author of Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion; and…

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    Panel Discussion on Diversity and Writing Programs

    Panelists talked about diversity and writing programs. Panelists included Donna Hill, author and writing teacher; novelist Bernice McFadden; Meena Alexander, poet and English professor; and…

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    Panel Discussion on Hip-Hop and Literature

    Panelists talked about hip-hop and literature. Panelists included MK Asante, author of Buck: A Memoir; Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop; James B. Paterson, author…

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    Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    Professor Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad participated in a discussion on writing about race. “A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad” was part of…

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    Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War

    Jeffrey Sammons talked about his book, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, in which he recounts the first African-American regiment to fight in…

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    Panel Discussion on Race, Power, and Politics

    Panelists talked about the impact and representations of race, power, and politics on America’s national discourse and on its political and social movements. The panel “Race, Power, and…

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    Panel Discussion on Publishing

    Panelists talked about the challenges of publishing in 2014 and suggested strategies for publishing the literature produced by Black writers. Topics included self-publishing, online publishing,…

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    Panel Discussion on Africa and the African Diaspora

    Panelists talked about how geographical spaces, gender, race, ethnicity, and class affect the literature of writers throughout Africa and the African diaspora, and the implications of these issues for…

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    Panel Discussion on Reconstructing the Historical Narrative

    Panelists talked about the importance of historical narratives and how they affect our understanding of the common narrative. The panelists suggested common historical narratives have marginalized the…

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    Panel Discussion on Environment and the African Diaspora

    Panelists talked about environmental, health, and social issues that impact Black communities throughout the African diaspora. The panel “Saving Ourselves, Saving Our Communities” was part…

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    Panel Discussion on Black Literature

    Panelists talked about how to define Black literature and Black literary classics, and how the traditions of the Black Arts Movement and the Umbra Movement influenced the Black literary tradition. The…

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    The Rich and the Rest of Us

    Tavis Smiley and Cornel West presented their thoughts on poverty in America. The authors report that 150 million Americans are poor or near poor and argue that ending poverty should be…

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    The Impact of National Emergencies on Black Literature

    African American writers participated in a roundtable discussion titled, “Impact of Katrina and 911 on Literature by Black Writers.” They talked about issues of race and class brought out…

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    Depictions of Black Resistance and Transformation

    Authors talked about the use of literature and story to remember and depict the struggles, myths, and experiences of those of the African Diaspora. They focused on the works of several…

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    Don\'t Play in the Sun

    The theme of the Eighth National Black Writers Conference was “Black Literature: Expanding Conversations on Race, Identity, History and Genre.” The opening program included a conversation with Marita Golden with Susan…

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