14th National Black Writers Conference: “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature”
2018 NBWC Honorary Co-Chair Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams
Honorees: Steven Barnes, Kwame Dawes, Tananarive Due, David Levering Lewis, Susan L. Taylor, and Colson Whitehead
Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25, 2018; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
The theme of the 2018 NBWC “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature” acknowledges our concern about the recent, and still continued, issues of social inequality and injustices that challenge us and builds on the legacy of healing through activism. This timely theme will center on the ways in which Black writers use their writing to explore and convey messages that heal and restore our individual selves and collective community. The Conference will also examine the instrumental role that Black writers have played in building our cultural history; the imprint that this has left in Black literature; and how the literature of Black writers has impacted present-day and future generations. And last, we want to look at the significance of activism in writers’ works, that is how a writer’s beliefs and personal vigorous actions are used to support the political and social change they want to see take place in today’s society and in the world.