Center for Black Literature & Culture to mark its sixth anniversary

The Indianapolis Public Library will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Center for Black Literature & Culture from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Central Library. The event will commemorate the Center’s creation and its continued dedication to the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

This event will include a variety of speakers, activities, and entertainment for all ages, including, a spoken word performance from the Center’s Poet Laureate, Januarie York; a panel discussion on women’s culture as it pertains to health and wellness, entrepreneurship and community with Oya Woodruff, chef and owner of the Trap; Nicole Kearney, CEO of Sip & Share Wines; and Tiffany Robinson, Inner Beauty director of life coaching and certified yoga trainer.

There will also be an author showcase, and attendees can enjoy music from DJ IN4RED and take pictures at a 360 Photobooth.

“The Center for Black Literature & Culture is a place for all to learn about contributors to the African Diaspora and for those born of African roots to see themselves reflected in powerful and positive ways,” said the Center’s Bryanna Barnes. “This event is a celebration of community, and I hope attendees leave inspired. I’m looking forward to seeing the community come together in celebration and reflection.”

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