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11/21/2013 – 9:00 PM Mighty Men Speak: Culture, Politics and Our Future
ARE WE REALLY FREE?
The Bonding Thru Books Literary Festival will address issues that are important to the survival of our nation. We have recently marked the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. But are we really free? This intensive panel discussion with authors and community leaders will discuss why we as a people continue to struggle around issues of divided homes, racism, economics, health disparities, education and more.
When people have trials in their lives, they tend to work on resolving them by focusing on what went wrong. There’s nothing wrong with asking this question, but more importantly we want people to seek ways to resolve the issues. If we can help a few, we can save many!
Lasting change can only be achieved when people have access to both knowledge and resources. We bring you people who are not just “talking the talk” but have been through the darkness and are now living in sunshine!
This panel of four male authors will explore hot-button topics and strategies to increase the life chances of African Americans. The unbelievable verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has elevated national discussions on the equal justice, health, safety and vitality of young African American males. The speakers will address this topic and many more that affect the stability of our children’s future. Each author will share how authorship has affected their career, platform, and has expanded their voice within and outside the Black community.
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION
* Is it Really Bullying or Merely Teasing
* Dreams That Won’t Let Go: Saving Our Youth
* Are We Free: 150 Years after the Emancipation Proclamation
* Conveying Hope to the Hopeless: Mentoring Troubled Youth
* How do you feel about 12 Years A Slave and The Butler? Did the movies help or hurt us?
DO WE HAVE TO PROVE WE ARE BLACK?
Discuss the article “Who is Black?” By Rosa Clemente
My Blackness is one of the greatest powers I have. We live in a society that devalues Blackness all the time. I will not be devalued as a human being, as a child of the Supreme Creator. I am so tired of having to prove to others that I am Black, that my peoples are from the Motherland, that Puerto Rico, along with Cuba, Panama and the Dominican Republic, are part of the African Diaspora. Did we forget that the slave ships dropped off our people all over the world, hence the word Diaspora? — Rosa Alicia Clemente is a Bronx born Puerto Rican woman. She is a community organizer, journalist, Hip Hop activist and the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate with the GREEN PARTY.
Bonding Thru Books Nightly Themes
11/20/2013 – Bridging the Literary Divide Panel
11/21/2013 – All Booked UP! Panel Discussion
11/22/2013 – Reclaiming the Dream: 50 Years After the March
11/23/2013 – Beacons of the Future Author Showcase
11/24/2013 – Black Writers on a Mission (New Releases)
11/25/2013 – A Thousand Steps to Health and Healing