GLAAWC 2023 Schedule of Events

10:15 – 10:20 am

African Drumming

Ali Boyd

10:20 – 10:25 am

“Lift Every Voice And Sing”

Donnie Lynee & Guitarist: Paul Brown

10:25 – 10:27 am

Opening Remarks & Introduction of CPL’s Dr. Shenise Thomas

Dr. Leah Lewis

10:27 – 10:30 am


Dr. Shenise Thomas

10:30 – 11:30 am

Langston Hughes Literary Keynote

Abby L. Vandiver

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

African American Comic Book Entrepreneurs

Lynnesha & Nesha, D. Hamilton, Lee Johnson, Leonce Hall, Brandon X Bell, Keith A. Harris


Dawn Arrington

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:30 – 2:15 pm

African American Entrepreneurs


Ras Asan, Craig Chavis, Maisha Howze, Dr. Tameka Ellington


Camille Heard, Patrice Blakemore

2:15 – 3:00 pm

African American Playwrights

Janice Lowe, Terrence Spivey, Kim El, Lisa Langford


Shaunda McDill

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Divine Nine Authors

Dominique Dobson-Briggs (DST), Andratesha Fitzgerald (SGR), Alicia Wiggins (ZPB), Chante Thomas (AKA), JJ Winston (AKA), Michelle Rankins (DST)


Patrice Wade Johnson (AKA)

3:45 – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Dr. Leah Lewis


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