Africa Now! October 21, 2015
Topic and Guest: The Role of the Writer in the African World As a Social Justice Advocate and As a Historian.
This month is National Book Month—promoted by the National Book Foundation; this week is also National Friends of Libraries Week (October 18-24) and Teen Read Week; and in two days, on October 23, the Hurston/Wright Foundation (named after Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright), has its Annual Gala. The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award is the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of Black writers. In that context, today’s topic on Africa Now! is The Role of the Writer in the African World As a Social Justice Advocate and As a Historian. Joining Africa Now! to discuss this issue is E. Ethelbert Miller.
Mr. E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). For ten years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. He served as a Commissioner for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities from 1997-2008. Ethelbert Miller is also the former Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. The author of several collections of poetry, he has written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of An African American Writer and The 5th Inning. Fathering Words was selected by the DC Public Library for its DC WE READ, one book, one city program in 2003. His poetry anthology In Search of Color Everywhere was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 1994. On September 28, 1978 “E. Ethelbert Miller Day” was proclaimed in DC. Mr. Miller is the recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award in 1982 for Literature, the Public Humanities Award in 1988, the Columbia Merit Award in 1994. In 2001 and 2003 he was honored at the National Book Festival. Mr. Miller has taught in several universities in the U.S. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio and is host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV and writes a regular monthly column, E on DC for Capital Community News; and produces the blog E-Notes. On April 19, 2015, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame.
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