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NBWC presents 'Her Word as Her Witness' March 24

3/21/2012, 5:18 p.m.

On Saturday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m., the National Black Writers Conference, in collaboration with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, will host "Her Word as Her Witness," a panel discussion that will examine how popular culture shapes representations of Black women in the media and literature. The program will be held at the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza, 3rd Floor, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y.

The panel will feature an award-winning assemblage of writers, including cultural critic, journalist and scholar Joan Morgan; author and professor of African-American studies Farah Jasmine Griffin; journalist and novelist Jill Nelson; professor of journalism, essayist and author Pamela Newkirk; and writer, freelance journalist, editor and essayist Akiba Solomon. It will be moderated by artist, writer and journalist Shani Jamila. The program is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing and light reception.

"As a Black woman, I take seriously the importance of affirming and celebrating other women of color, particularly in the category of literature. For too many years our stories were told in narrow ways," said Dr. Brenda Greene, director of the NBWC. "Our lives are complicated, and we need more literature and images that reflect the complexity of our lives. We need to tell our stories from our perspectives and we must work to avoid stereotypical representations of ourselves in literature and in the media."

For further information about these events and for conference updates, pre-NBWC programs and the awards tribute and ceremonies, please call (718) 804-8883 or visit nationalblackwritersconference.org.