|I do a lot of
speaking at colleges, universities, conferences and gatherings.
For booking information, contact:
American Program Bureau, Inc.
313 Washington Street, Suite 225
Newton, MA 02458
Programs vary according to audience, but here are four examples:
1. Suite Rihanna: Greatest Hits & More
On tour starting in the Fall, 2009, this presentation is more performance than
lecture, using recent news events about singers Rihanna and Chris Brown as a
starting point to tackle the issue of domestic violence through an interlocking
suite of 'true confessions, life lessons and advice to the lovelorn.' I make
it personal because I take it personal!
2. A Writer's Role in Wartime
What is the role of a conscious American writer at this time in the
history of the country? What is the responsibility of a creative artist
in a time of war and conflict? How does the writer inform and inspire
other citizens at a time of great confusion and cynicism? A passionate,
thought provoking piece that gives listeners a way to rethink not
only the writer's role, but their own.
|It was an honor to be the keynote speaker
at the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation at
Georgia State University in 2007. (Photo by Carolyn Richardson)
3. A Citizen's Journey
An exploration of the journey to a new understanding of citizenship
from a life long African American artist/activist who has only recently
embraced the full meaning of the role she must play in a participatory
democracy. A joyful declaratin of what it means to be a conscious
American citizen in the 21st century.
4. We Speak Your Names: A Celebration
The story of the creation of a "praise poem" for Oprah Winfrey's
2005 celebration of legendary African American women. The author's
experience driving across America to get to the celebration as well
as the meaning of these women's lives. Includes a performance of the
poem, which has been on the ESSENCE magazine bestseller list for most
of the two years since it was written. [This piece lends istself to
African American history month and Women's history month.
November 14, 2009
National Women's Studies Association
November 6, 2009
Charis Books Birthday Celebration in
Contact www.CharisBooksandMore.com or
call 404-524-0304 for more information.
February 13, 2010
Tulsa City-County Library System will
present the Sankofa Freedom Award in Tulsa, OK.
Contact www.tulsalibrary.org for
Genesee District Library in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Contact www.thegdl.org for more information.