Credit: Lem Peterkin

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College recently presented a book discussion and reading. The Center for Black Literature is now in its 10th year of celebrating literature by writ- ers of the African Diaspora. It builds upon the legacy of the National Black Writers Conference and is a platform for Black writers and others to study the writing of people from the African Diaspora.

Panelists included professor John H. Bracey Jr. of the University of Massachusetts, Sonia Sanchez, professor emerita of English at Temple University and professor James Smethurst of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The highlight of the evening was an exposition by the panelists and editors of “SOS: Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement.” This book is an anthology depicting the Black Arts Movement. The Black Arts Movement was seen by some as a “cooling balm” to the Black Power Movement. Topics in the text include culture and politics, from the Black Panther Party to the legacy of Malcolm X, the impact of the jazz of John Coltrane and the music of Motown.