Schomburg Auditorium


Harlem Book Fair Panel Discussions
Venue: Schomburg Center (Hughes Auditorium)
             515 Malcolm X Blvd. @ W.135th Street



NOTE: All participants subject to change. Check website for updates.
Panel discussions are free but require on-site registration for seating.
No on-line registration allowed.

1s.  Black Media Today: Roles, Responsibilities, and Rights
Location: Schomburg Center (Hughes Auditorium)
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Moderator: Cathy Hughes (Chairwoman, Radio One, Inc.) 
Panelist: Rev. Al Sharpton (Go and Tell Pharaoh: The Autobiography of Reverend Al Sharpton); Dick Gregory (Nigger: An Autobiography); William C. Rhoden (Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete); Juan Williams (Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do about It); Jill Nelson (Volunteer Slavery)

In the space of a perceived vacuum in African American political leadership, black media has the opportunity to address long-standing, persistent stereotypes. What are these stereotypes? Is there, in fact, a vacuum in black leadership? And given our culture of marketing and profit, what can we reasonably expect from black media?


2s.  A Matter of Trust: Integrity and the US Electoral System
Location: Schomburg Center (Hughes Auditorium)
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Moderator: Lee Stringer (Sleepaway School)
Panelist: Steve Freeman and Joel Bleifuss (Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?: Exit Polls, and the Official Count), John McWhorter (Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America), Paul Robeson, Jr. (A Black Way of Seeing), Greg Palast (Armed Madhouse), Peniel E. Joseph (Waiting Until the Midnight Hour)

Join panelists in a discussion about the current state of our democracy as reflected in the U.S. electoral system. In 2004 30% of Americans' votes were not counted incorrectly or at all, and a fair number of those votes were from African American precincts. How can we assure election integrity and therefore confidence for all Americans in our democratic systems for the 2006 and 2008 elections and beyond?


 3s. Literacy Now: Developing the Next Generation of Readers
Location: Schomburg Center (Hughes Auditorium)
Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Wade Hudson (Just Us Books)
Panelist: Sharon Flake (Bang!), Salome Thomas-El (The Immortality of Influence), Patrick Oliver (Turn the Page and You Don't Stop), Andrew Sekou Jackson (President, Black Caucus of the American Library Association)

A stark and puzzling contrast to the phenomenal success of the Black literature market is the dismal literacy statistics associated with the Black community throughout the country. These statistics are even more appalling when examined against Black children and youth attending public schools throughout the country. This panel will identify practical and innovative approaches and programs to address literacy issues facing children and youth throughout the country.



4s.  Biography and Memoir: It's a Hard-Knock Life
Location: Schomburg Center (Hughes Auditorium)
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Kecia Palmer-Cousins (HBF Advisory)
Panelist: David Matthews (Ace of Spades), Flores Forbes (Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party), Christopher John Farley (Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley), Thulani Davis (My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots), Lawrence Otis Graham, (The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty) Bishop David Evans (Healed without Scars)

What makes one life story more engaging than another? What compels an author to write their story and what makes their stories marketable? Join these authors as they share their riveting lives and their experience in capturing the lives of the famous.


5s. Entrepreneurship and Finance: Money, Power, Respect
Location: Schomburg Center (Hughes Auditorium)
Time: 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Co-Moderators,: Linda Gill, General Manager, Kimani Press, Glenda Howard, Senior Editor, Sepia Books
Panelist: Lynnette Khalfani (Getting to Your First Million: Your Action Plan for a Lifetime of Financial Fitness), Tonya M. Evans-Walls (Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyright, Trademark, and Contracts in Plain Language), Jennifer Lewis-Hall (Life Changes: Using The Power of Change to Transform Your Life)

We know the theory but what about the actual practice? Easy to do is easy to say. These authors share their real-life experiences of starting with an idea and transforming it to a life to die for. What can you learn from them?

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