Sonia Sanchez birthday celebration to take place in Brooklyn

AmNews Staff Reports | 8/24/2014, noon
Sonia Sanchaz is celebrating her 80th birthday with an event at Bedford Hall in Brooklyn.
An Evening Honoring Sonia Sanchez

The Medgar Evers College Center for Black Literature, AKILA WORKSONGS, African Voices Magazine, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Arts + Crafts are hosting an 80th birthday party for world-renowned poet, humanitarian, scholar and activist Sonia Sanchez.

A coalition of literary, cultural and media organizations invites the public to Celebrate Sonia! a special event to be held at Bedford Hall on Friday, September 19 at 6pm The venue is located at 1177 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

The Celebrate Sonia birthday party is presented, sponsored and supported by a collective of Sanchez’s friends, colleagues The co-presenters are Brenda M. Greene, Clarence V. Reynolds and Maeshay K. Lewis of the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS, Carolyn A. Butts of African Voices Magazin, Khalil G. Muhammad and Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Tyren Allen of Vice Lounge.

Admission is $35 and tickets will be sold online (www.celebratesonia.eventbrite.com) and at the door. The public is encouraged to purchase tickets early. Space is limited. For general information, call 718-804-8882 or 718-756-8501

Sanchez is the author of more than 20 books, has lectured internationally at more than 500 colleges and universities and has been awarded countless awards and honors, including the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades. She is also the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Robert Frost Medalist. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at the university.