Reading is fundamental.
Through reading, the doors of thought, innovation, communication, and creativity are opened. From the motivation and inspiration of the printed word, combined with the artful and inquisitive communication and thought processes that come from it, an individual or a collective can formulate their thoughts and ideas and immerse them with individual growth and development, as well as collective action.
From this spirit, the inaugural Atlanta Black Book Expo intends on providing a means of serving as a catalyst for the aforementioned, but also providing community activism and empowerment in strengthening the importance and relevancy of literacy. More than 100 authors and literary professionals are scheduled to participate at the event this Saturday, August 7th, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The event is scheduled to start at 11am, and it is free to the general public.
Notable guests include Shelia P. Moses, whose works include Dick Gregory’s memoir Callus on My Soul (which she co-authored), along with works designed for younger readers such as The Legend of Buddy Bush, The Return of Buddy Bush, and The Baptism (among other works). Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum, Jr, whose work Hip-Hop is NOT Our Enemy, is also scheduled to appear.
The author of the 2005 national bestseller Crossing Jhordan’s River, Kendra Norman-Bellamy, is another featured author scheduled to appear at the event. “We’re thrilled that our debut event will include the likes of authors such as Kendra Norman-Bellamy,” said Kelly Johnson, ABBE Founder.
In addition to the collective of authors, poets, and other literary figures, representatives from the Ludacris Foundation, established by recording star and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, are scheduled to be on-site donating school supplies to students. Their presence and support of organizations that help support youth is another way in which this Saturday’s event truly is a supportive and empowering event.
“We are equally excited to partner with the Ludacris Foundation in promoting reading among youth as they prepare to go back to school,” Johnson adds.
Bringing people together, along with enriching and empowering others, is clearly the focus of this event. Additional information about the event and ABBE can be obtained by visiting their website, searching them on Facebook, or simply contacting Kelly Johnson ([email protected]).
Knowledge is power and reading is fundamental…