Opening Friday, June 23rd, from 7PM - 9:45PM
Special invitation to lovers of visual and literary art!!
Join Rootwork Gallery and OMB 100 (Our Miss Brooks Centennial) as we celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks’ lasting influence on younger and African Diasporic writers from poetry to hip hop and all points in between.
Featured writers include:
Roger Bonair Agard
Toni Asante Lightfoot
and a special OMB 100 Hip Hop suite curated by Quraysh Ali Lansana
Also as Rootwork continues its exhibition of Alexandra Antoine’s compelling artwork in “Diaspora/Dyaspora: From Haiti to Chicago and Back Again”, which looks at Haiti and the larger Caribbean influence on Chicago we are excited to welcome Loida Garcia-Febo, first Puerto Rican president of the new American Library Association as she reflects on her the future of library and literacy services to people of color, new immigrants and communities.
Caribbean inspired refreshments will be served and there will be the opportunity to purchase books from attending authors.
This free event held during the American Library Association Annual meeting is a must for lovers of the image and the book–and is supported by the Chicago Community Trust as part of its yearlong OMB 100 celebration and is open to the public. Come and bring a friend.