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Third World Press Foundation 50th Anniversary

We invite you to come and make history with us!

Publishing the Black Experience Fearlessly for 50 Years! Third World Press Foundation’s 50th Anniversary + Gala is a weeklong celebration featuring keynotes, workshops, concerts, film screenings, spoken word events, reflective conversations. We hope you join us for this historic offering of exciting literary and cultural arts events!

Honorary Co-Chairs:
Danny Glover -
Actor, Activist, Humanitarian
Susan L. Taylor -
National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Essence Magazine
James D. Montgomery, Sr. - 
Managing Partner, James D. Montgomery & Associates Ltd.

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Third World Press Foundation 50th Anniversary Schedule, Sept 30th -Oct 7th

Enjoy An entire week of greatness!!!

We have invited some of our supporters to join Dr. Madhubuti and our staff in celebrating our 50th anniversary.  Special guests including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez, Danny Glover, Cassandra Wilson, Nikki Giovanni, musician Nicole Mitchell, TWPF authors and other special friends who support TWPF’s mission and commitment to publishing Black literature.  #TWPF50

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Opening night

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Intergenerational Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Paul Coates, and Haki Madhubuti
Logan Center Auditorium, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago
5pm doors open
5pm - 7pm panel & book signing
7:30pm CD release concert, Nicole Mitchell & BlackEarth Ensemble
Panel only: VIP $50 / Gen $25 / Student $15
Concert only: VIP $50 / Gen $25 / Student $15
Panel + Concert: VIP $75 (w/CD) / Gen $40 / Student $25
Mistress of Ceremonies: Natalie Y. Moore,
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cornel West, Father Michael Pfleger, Haki Madhubuti,
and Lasana Kazembe
An intimate conversation, community dialogue, and book release
"Keeping Peace: Conversations on Life, Legacy, Commitment, and Struggle"
St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Pl., Chicago
1pm - 3pm
Suggested Donation (Thank you!):
$10 donation
$25 donation + book
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Shirikiana AinaMovie Screening & Conversation
“Footprints of Pan-Africanism” (77 minutes)
Shirikiana is the wife of award winning writer, producer and director
Haile Gerima, the critically acclaimed filmmaker of SANKOFA.
Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago
6pm - 8pm
Snacks available for purchase
Movie Screening + Discussion $5
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Gwendolyn Brooks Day
Special screening of Roy Lewis’ “Riding and Striding, Reaching and Teaching: A Short Film of a Day in the Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” and "Brooks People" by Shahari Moore
Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th St., Chicago, IL 60620
10am - 12pm
Roy Lewis Photographs
Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago
6pm - 7:30pm
No Charge.
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Nikki Giovanni: Up Close and Personal
Reading & Book/CD Signing
"A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter"
Emcee: Masequa Myers
Kennedy-King College Theater, 6301 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
6pm doors open
6:30pm presentation by jessica Care moore
7:30pm - 9pm Performance by Nikki Giovanni
VIP + Book $50 / Gen $20
Available for purchase at event: Book $15 & CD $25 (sale/signing)
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Sonia Sanchez:  ‘Channeling the Black Arts Movement:
Forward to the Future’
2-part brown bag panel discussion

National: 12pm - 1:30pm, moderated by Haki Madhubuti
Sonia Sanchez, Herb Boyd and Michael Simanga
Midwest: 2pm - 3:30pm, Moderated by Carol Adams
Useni Perkins and Pemon Remi
4pm - 5pm Tour of Third World Press Foundation
6:30pm - 7:30pm Musical Set by Maggie Brown
8pm - 11pm Poetry set w/open mic hosted by
Deana Dean and Yahdna Yisrael feat. Kendria "K Love" Harris
BAM Panel only, $10, Students $5
Full Day OR Concert/Poetry Set only: Gen $20 / Student $10
Poetry Set only, $10, Students $5
Betty Shabazz Academy Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago
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Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa. Lecture.
Betty Shabazz Auditorium, 7823 S. Ellis, Chicago
12pm - 2pm, $10
Third World Press 50th Anniversary Gala
The Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Dr, Chicago
6pm – 10pm
Opening set by Nicole Mitchell & Black Earth Ensemble
Concert by Cassandra Wilson
General seating: $150
Corporate seating: $175
VIP seating: $200
Corporate tables: $2,000
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Third World Press Foundation is the oldest (1967-2017) continuously-publishing Black press in the world. Thank you for supporting fifty years of publishing, education, service, and outreach to the Black community! We need your support to make the TWPF50 Anniversary and Gala a massive success!


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