Center for Black Literature
The mission of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL) is to expand, broaden, and enrich the public’s knowledge and appreciation of Black literature and the literary works produced by people of the African Diaspora and the African continent.
Founded in 2002 by Dr. Brenda M. Greene, CBL achieves its mission, and actively engages audiences of all ages, through a variety of public programs, publications, and partnerships. Some of them include:
National Black Writers Conference
Writers on Writing Radio Program
Re-Envisioning Our Lives through Literature Program (R.O.L.L.)
John Oliver Killens Reading Series
Killens Review of Arts & Letters
Wild Seeds Writers Retreat
Dr. Edith Rock Writing Workshop for Elders
Musings (Student Blog)
CBL’s approach to programs and activities is integrative. The Center’s focus on the literary arts and cultural values informs the work of Black writers and expands the vision in which these works influence society.
The Center’s strategic collaborations with public schools and organizations serve as a means for cultivating critical reading and writing habits of a cross-generation of emerging and established readers and writers. Over the years, just a few of CBL’s local and national partners have included:
Brooklyn Public Library
RestorationART at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Center for Fiction
Funding and other critical support for Center programs and publications have been provided by:
Amazon Literary Partnership
National Endowment for the Arts
Humanities New York
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
New-York Historical Society
Poets & Writers
Brooklyn Community Council
Community Council for Medgar Evers College, Inc.
African American Literature Book Club (AALBC)
City of New York and State of New York elected officials
For more information, please visit centerforblackliterature.org.