Author and publisher Haki Madhubuti to deliver Ralph Ellison Lecture


Tuskegee, Ala. (March 24, 2014) - Author, publisher, and educator Haki R. Madhubuti will deliver Tuskegee University’s 2014 Ralph Ellison Lecture. Titled “What It Means to Be Black and Literate in the 21st Century and the Importance of Art in the Maturation of All People,” the lecture is at 3 p.m., March 31, in the Kellogg Conference Center auditorium.

Formerly known as Don L. Lee, Madhubuti was a leading figure of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and has been a central figure in the development of a strong African-American literary tradition. He has published more than 31 books of poetry and nonfiction, including “Don’t Cry, Scream”; “Tough Notes: A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men”; “Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems, 1966-2009”; and “Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice”. His poetry and essays have also appeared in numerous anthologies.

In 1967, Madhubuti founded Third World Press, which for more than 45 years has published a broad range of works by African-American authors and scholars. In recognition of his support of African-American writers, he was recently selected as one of three recipients of the 2014 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. His other honors include National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the American Book Award, an Illinois Arts Council Award, and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. In 2006, he received the Literary Legacy Award from the National Black Writers Conference, and in 2008, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Sanctuary of Philadelphia. During the 2013 Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemoration in Selma, Ala., he was inducted into the Hall of Resistance at the Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum.

Madhubuti received an MFA from the University of Iowa, and his distinguished teaching career includes positions at Columbia College of Chicago, Cornell University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, and the University of Iowa. Madhubuti will be the 19th Ralph Ellison lecturer.

Part of the Tuskegee University Lyceum Series, the annual Ellison Lecture is sponsored by the Department of English. It features distinguished scholars and artists from around the country in an effort to encourage critical examination of significant intellectual, aesthetic, social, and political issues. It recognizes Ralph Ellison’s contributions to American letters and invokes the spirit of intellectual rigor and creativity that his achievements exemplify. For more information, call 334-727-8113.

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