Posts Tagged ‘richard wright’
By Queshonda Moore, AFRO
On Nov. 15, the Hurston/Wright Foundation held its ninth annual Legacy Award Ceremony at Northwest Washington, D.C. restaurant Eatonville, a popular eatery inspired by writer Zora Neale Hurston’s work. The District-based organization recognized, celebrated and awarded several African-American authors for their exceptional contributions in nonfiction, fiction and poetry.
For 20 years, the foundation – founded by Don’t Play in the Sun author Marita Golden and bibliophile Clyde McElvene – has strived to preserve and advance the past, present and future of Black writers and their literature. Named after Hurston and Black Boy author Richard Wright, the foundation is currently led by a board of directors and advisory board that includes notable scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., author Toni Morrison and Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.
By Jane Ammeson, NWI.com
“Including just one hundred would only get me to the 1970s,” says Giovanni, a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. “I definitely wanted to get some younger voices in too so there are actually 220 poems but they’re only numbered from one to a hundred.”
And so Giovanni’s diverse collection of poetic voices includes poems not only by Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks and Mari Evans but also Tupac Shakur.
“Anybody who knows anything about me knows that I love Tupac and I’m not the only one,” says Giovanni. “This is an incredibly important young man. Tupac’s been dead 10 years and people still treat him as if they know him. Because of the power of that young man, we had to include him. My admiration is based on his talent. How could we not honor him?”