Friday, October 15, 2010

Newark, NJ Literature, Literacy, History Symposium-10/22-10/23/2010

Bethany Baptist Church
Book Club & Youth Council
Sharing Our History and Celebrating Our Stories
Friday, October 22, 2010
6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:15 AM to 2:00 PM
Bethany Baptist Church
275 W. Market St. * Newark, New Jersey 07102
973 623-8161

Please join the Bethany Baptist Church Book Club and Youth Council as they celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Dr. M. William Howard and Ms. Barbara Howard as Pastor and First Lady of Bethany Baptist Church.
This two-day Symposium will explore the importance of reading and literacy in the urban community using the Civil Rights Movement as its theme. The Symposium is free and open to the public but advance registration is required.

Please fill out the attached form and mail to the church or you may register on line at

Registration Deadline is
Wednesday, October 20, 2010


You may register on line at or fill in the information below and send to Bethany Baptist Church, BBC Book Club, 275, West Market St., Newark, NJ 07102



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Please Indicate Your Workshop Preference:

Session I: 9:30 – 10:30 ________________________________________________

Session II: 10:45 – 11:45________________________________________________

Session III: 12:00 – 1:00_______________

Workshop Titles

9:30-10:30 a.m.
America Through the Eyes of Langston
The Poet Laureate of Harlem, this workshop will include a short talk about the issues of Langston Hughes’ times (Jim Crow laws) and literature he wrote about the tribulations of the day.
Sandra L. West

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Black Leadership and the Black Church
Jeopardy Answer: White Men, African American Females and the Black Church
Question: What are the only free entities in the United States of America?
Workshop presentations will underline the importance of literacy, encourage an interest in understanding our community and motivating us to continue the fight for justice.
Thomas L. Puryear

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Learning from Our History: Financial Choices that Matter Most
Contrary to popular belief, many African American institutions and individuals have a long history financial responsibility. Learn about responsible investing and money management techniques that have been part of our history. Discuss ways to keep your financial perspective during good times and when the economic climate is challenging.
George R. Barnes

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Love Supreme
A free flowing multi media exploration of the impact of what some claim to be the greatest album in jazz (A Love Supreme). We will look at the spiritual, musical and cultural impact of this important work. “Tranes” search for spiritual and musical freedom, through polyrhythmic, modalities will serve as our portal to a greater understanding of one of the most important jazz artists of our time.
Philip Easton

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read the Newspaper
Session will review satirist and author Aaron McGruder”s “Boondocks, because I know you don’t read the newspaper” a compilation of comic strips that has often irked many in the African American community. Author Aaron McGruder thinks frankness in racial matters makes better punch lines. His commitment to candor in comedy makes for a comic strip and subsequent books attractive to white critics, who feel McGruder is the best satirical writer since Gary Trudeau and Doonesbury. What does this work reveal about contemporary culture in black America?
Bryan Epps

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Called to Write – How to Write Effectively for the Kingdom
Many people believe that they have been divinely given a vision to write a book or to be a writer. Unfortunately, they don't know what that really entails. Do you feel that you have been called to write one book or many books? Do you feel led to write only as a supplement to your primary work/ministry or are you being called to a career as a writer? This workshop will assist participants in understanding the CALL of a writer and the connection between a person's ability to understand the vision and their ability to write the vision.+
Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Claudette Colvin: No Ordinary Woman
The Claudette Colvin story is representative of so many men and women who challenged the unfair civil rights practices against African Americans and other disenfranchised people. Come share your reflections of Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice and other civil rights warriors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Discuss Newark's own struggle to ward off segregation practices against African Americans during the Civil Rights era..
Linda Caldwell Epps

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Frances E. W. Harper: The Undisputed Dignity of Her Womanhood
Participants will read and discuss Frances E. W. Harper’s short story, “The Two Offers,” in the context of the 19th century women’s movement and how free black women articulated their position within that movement. “The Two Offers” is considered the first African American short story to be published, appearing in 1859 in the Anglo-African Magazine.
Note: An e-mail address is recommended so that the story can be sent in advance

10:45-11:45 a.m.
A Special Kind of Love - Grandmothering” (or Grandma’s Hands)
Grandmothers who are raising or have raised Grandchildren and people who are “Grandmother- raised” reminisce and acknowledge their struggles, sacrifices and triumphs.
Niyonu Boateng

12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Filming the Black Woman’s Joy
Filmmaker Nicole Franklin presents work from a career that began with The Double Dutch Divas! and continues with Little Brother, a conversation on Love. Nicole Franklin's Filmography may be seen at:,
Nicole Franklin

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
From Spirituality to Sex and Everything in Between."
Here from the mouths of musicians, how they approach their craft and manage day-to-day life. The connection between belief in a higher power and the effects of music derived from the words of musicians and those who are affected by music.
Sheila Anderson

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
The Harlem Renaissance – America’s Golden Literary Age
A rich discussion of the literary jewels of an era that heralded Black America's age of enlightenment and an exploration of the era's timelessness and relevance to today.
Joyce Wilson Harley

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Paying Homage: Arthur A. Schomburg, a Distinguished Black Bibliophile and Historian
The presenter will illustrate Arthur Schomburg’s travels from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Harlem, New York and the sociological impact of Black Bibliophiles, librarians, and historians on the Negritude Movement and Harlem Renaissance during the Progressive Era in the United States. During the 1920s and 1930s, Schomburg befriended many Caribbean and African American intellectual giants. The presenter will correlate the Black bibliophiles, librarians, and historians of the Progressive Era to Afrocentric academicians and librarians today.
Timur Davis

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
To Kill A Mockingbird-A Reflection of Contemporary America
The workshop will explore and compare sociological context of American racism in the 1960’s of “Scout Finch” of To Kill a Mockingbird and in the so-called “post-racial era of the Obama presidency. The discussion will also include excerpt from an article citing the experiences of a white southern-born college profession that agrees with the premise of the story.
Margaret E. Hayes, PhD

Workshop Title
I Am My Own Second Opinion
This workshop is designed to direct youth to think outside of the box as a way to access the road to self-discovery to live up to their greatest potential. It is not about being famous but being GREAT!
Gilda Rogers

Incorporating Comprehension in Young Readers
Participants will learn how to increase reading comprehension by learning how to read for meaning. Workshop will practice making predictions and asking questions based upon prior knowledge.
JoAllyn Henry

Let’s Make a Quilt
Under the guidance of an experienced quilter, participants will decorate a fabric square for inclusion in a commemorative piece to be presented to the Rev. M. William Howard upon completion.
Kelli Puryear

Music in the Movement
In this workshop the participants will have hands on experience with a variety of instruments, learn about Freedom songs during the Civil Rights Movement, create their own instruments out of recycled materials, learn to compose their own songs while singing along to some of their favorites and widen their knowledge about the basics of music and instruments.
Amber Bryant

Storytelling Techniques
Effective storytelling can turn an ordinary story into a fantastic experience. Key elements to successful be demonstrated. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate various techniques
JoAllyn Henry

S.T.R.O.N.G.- Striving To Reunite Our New Generation
S.T.R.O.N.G. will present to some and introduce to others the richness of black history and identity by highlighting the wealth and simultaneous lack of knowledge of black intelligentsia and juxtaposing that against the prevalence and corresponding awareness of high profile athletes, entertainers, celebrities. The goals of this exercise is to increase awareness of higher education as an option for young people of color and present education as a primary means of preparing one for the never-ending struggle for civil rights.
Onaje Crawford

We Beat the Streets – How a Friendly Pact Led to Success
Literature Circle I Grades 3-5
Using the children’s book “We Beat The Street” How A Friendship Pact Led To Success by The Three Doctors we will role play, read aloud, have some fun, and perhaps even identify our own career paths as we look at the lives of three young men from our city.

Literature Circle II Grades 6-8
Participants will be assigned Literature Circle Roles in this interactive workshop. We will use the children’s book We Beat The Street by The Three Doctors from Newark. Join us for this skill building workshop for what is sure to be a lively discussion and time of discovery.
Vanessa Freeland Thomas

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