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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Film Screening

w/ an Introduction and Poetry by Asiah Mae and Marcus Amaker.

Date: Tuesday, October 1 Doors 6:30 pm, Show  7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $8
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After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world. Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

View the Trailer Here

The World of Anansi the Spider

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Columbia Marionette Theatre presents “The World of Anansi the Spider”
Features several folk tales narrated by the storyteller, Anansi, a classic character featured in African tales which descended to other cultures such as Jamaican and Gullah.

Rhythms and Instruments from the African Diaspora

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 pm
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street

An Edu-Concert

World traveler, musician and cultural educator Daniel Scruggs, creator of Rhythm Moves, leads participants on an interactive journey with instruments and rhythms of the African diaspora from ancient times in Africa to Hip-Hop music of today.  This immersive learning experience will highlight traditional and contemporary rhythms and instrumentation from Africa, South America, North America and the Caribbean Islands.  Each component of the show is rich with audience participation and all in attendance will come away with new perspectives on geography, history, culture, nature, language and the value of peace.

The Gullah Lady Presents Stories and Songs

Date: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Join us for this interactive program featuring traditional Gullah stories, songs, and instruments. This fun-filled program incorporates handmade art in the stage design and is designed for all ages to enjoy.

Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: Free

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. This year, Black Ink is part of the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African-American culture.

The festival is free to the public. This year’s event will include the following features:

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Black Ink Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Time: 2:00 pm
*Registration is required to reserve a ticket for the keynote address.
Register Here

Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will be featured as the keynote speaker at this fall’s Black Ink, Charleston’s African American book festival. The festival, a program of the Charleston Friends of the Library and a part of the MOJA Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, October 5, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Admission is free.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Governors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia.