JUNE JORDAN for NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: April 20, 2017. (Press Release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2017

Media Contacts:

Clarence V. Reynolds | 718-804-8881 or creynolds@mec.cuny.edu

April R. Silver | 718-756-8501 or pr@akilaworksongs.com

The CENTER FOR BLACK LITERATURE, in partnership with the CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE and the CENTRAL BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, Join to Celebrate Revered Poet

JUNE JORDAN for NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: April 20, 2017.

Brooklyn, NY —Today the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, announced its special National Poetry Month program: June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism. Presented in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College (www.CLSJ.org) and the Central Brooklyn Public Library, the program will focus on Jordan’s works, how she represents a life of activism, and the ways today’s artists continue the tradition of literary activism. Poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller and biographer and scholar Valerie Kinloch will participate in a conversation on Jordan’s life and work. Attorney Joan Gibbs, former General Counsel at CLSJ, will join the conversation as a respondent.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library (Dweck Center) located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register in advance online at www.centerforblackliterature.org. For those who cannot attend on-site, the event will be streamed live via the library’s YouTube service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKEF09gJ-MM.

ABOUT JUNE JORDAN

June Jordan (1936–2002) was a poet, essayist, activist, educator and the author of more than 25 books. Her body of work speak to the structural racism, social inequity, and gender bias in American society and it documents the interior lives and cultural experiences of Black people in urban America.

Jordan once stated, “To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love

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yourself, value yourself. And that’s political, in its most profound way.” She was one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation.

Jordan’s works include Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems (2007); Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays (2002); Kissing God Goodbye: Poems, 1991 – 1997 (1997); Haruko/Love Poems (1994); Naming Our Destiny: New and Selected Poems (1989); Things That I Do in the Dark (1977); and Affirmative Acts: Political Essays (1998).

The program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism” is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Media inquiries about this event are directed to Clarence Reynolds, Director of the Center for Black Literature, 718-804-8881 or creynolds@mec.cuny.edu. They may also be directed to April R. Silver, communications consultant, at 718-756-8501 or pr@akilaworksongs.com.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR BLACK LITERATURE

The mission of the Center for Black Literature is to expand, broaden and enrich the public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of the value of Black literature. Through a series of programs that build an audience for the reading, discussion and critical analysis of contemporary Black literature and that serve as a forum for the research and study of Black literature, the Center convenes and supports various literary programs and events such as author readings and book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, conferences and symposia. It is the only center devoted to this in the country.

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For more information about the Center for Black Literature and its programs, call 718-804-8883 or visit our website at www.centerforblackliterature.org.

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