September is National Literacy Month. In celebration of National Literacy Month, Texas Literacy Connection Corporation (TLC), in collaboration with The Dock Bookshop and Friends of Cobb Park, will host the 4th Annual DFW Literary SoulFEST Saturday, September 29, 2012. The event will be along Cobb Park Drive West at the New Cobb Park, one of the oldest and largest parks in Fort Worth that was completely refurbished in 2012, in which, Fort Worth Parks & Community Services Department dedicated $4 million to improvements. The goal of this festival is to advocate, promote, and celebrate literary arts and literacy and bring community awareness to issues concerning our youth, health, environment, and economy as well as support the mission of TLC - building reading skills and transforming lives.
TLC is dedicated to creative and innovative actions to promote literacy based on the National Literacy Act of 1991 definition of literacy: "an individual's ability to read, write and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society to achieve one's goals and develop one's knowledge and potential." DFW Literary SoulFEST brings together the novice reader, authors, publishers, poets, writers, artists, book clubs, avid readers, scholars, families, students, educators, aspiring actors/actresses, organizations, churches and businesses. From this collective energy, we hope to cultivate new readers and enlighten seasoned readers in the surrounding communities. This event was founded by Donya Craddock, Donna Craddock and Dominique Johnson, owners of The Dock Bookshop.
Why A Literary Celebration Octavia Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. In 1979, she published Kindred, a novel that uses the science-fiction staple of time travel to explore slavery in the United States. The literary expression of African Americans has always been a tale of life realities whether dealing with historical experiences in science fiction or love in romance. Literary works, like music, have become a tool that reflects the African-American experience from one generation to the next generation. This legacy continues by us creating and/or reclaiming and maintaining a literate environment. To understand and appreciate literacy is to understand the African American literacy and literary history beginning in Africa as cradle of civilization and the birthplace of the written word script that pre-dates our Latin-based writing system of standard contemporary English. Ancient Egypt along the Nile River valley, the Nubian of the Eastern Sudan and the Axumites of the Ethiopia highlands had their own forms of writing. In the case of Egypt (Kemet) hieroglyphics were in use by 3300BCE. (continued on page 2)
In this Guide: Why A Literary Celebration, 1-2 Event Highlights, 2 Literary Parade Grand Marshals, 3 Authors & Presentations, 4 Event Schedule, 5 Upcoming Events, 6 Businesses & Supporters, 7-8
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DFW Literary SoulFEST Highlights
Why a Literary Celebration continued from page 1 The next major literary influence on the African continent was in a script known as ajami and abjab commonly referred to respectfully as Yoruba or Arabic and Hebrew. During the past 20 years ancient African manuscripts were rediscovered in Timbuktu, Mali. Over a million manuscripts were recently rediscovered in Timbuktu, Mali and about 20 million more in West Africa. These manuscripts date back from 12th to 16th century period. Prior to the rediscovery of these manuscripts, people thought Africa had no written tradition and that it was only oral tradition according to the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. Hence, prior to the
MAAFA or African enslavement there was a great appreciation of the written word and books was a very valuable commodity. European languages such as French, English, and Portuguese begin to spread in the fifteenth century in West Africa. During the Transatlantic Slave Trade period, Olaudah Equiano and Otta-bau Cugoano were enslaved Africans who learned to read and write. They both gained their freedom in the late eighteenth century and wrote books condemning the Atlantic slave trade. During slavery legislators enacted a draconian body of public laws, making two forms of literacy punishable by law: mastery
of letters, and the mastery of the drum. These two forms of literacy were related to the African slave capacity to rebel. The Stono Rebellion, the largest uprising of slaves in the colonies, was related to Africans becoming literate prior to the literacy laws. Now we come to celebrate two centuries of writing in English by person of African decent in the United States. We kickoff our literacy celebration with the talking drum in the DFW Literary SoulFEST parade. Donya Craddock, 9/25/2009 BUY BOOKS WWW.THEDOCKBOOKSHOP.COM
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Grand Marshals for the 4th Annual 2012 DFW Literary Parade Council District 8 Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray
on the board of Streams and Valleys, which included the Riverside Trailhead Committee. She has served on the boards of the North Texas Housing Coalition and Neighborhood Housing Services.
Kelly Allen Gray was sworn in as CHURCHIN - Church News Magazine the District 8 Owner, Michael Councilmember W. Jordan, Sr July 10, 2012. Michael W. JorCommunity Serdan, Sr. is a lifevice is nothing long native of new to Allen Gray. She started early in her Fort Worth, Texas District 8 neighborhood collecting money where he door-to-door for the family of a neighbor graduated from who had passed away. It was this early comthe historic I.M. munity service that gave Allen Gray her first Terrell High opportunity to walk District 8, learning her School and atneighbors and their needs. tended both OklaAllen Gray, a graduate Polytechnic High homa City Southwestern College and Tarrant School and Texas A&M - Commerce, contin- County College in the ued her service to the community she grew early 1970's. up as the executive director of the United He has been a businessman and church Riverside Rebuilding Corporation, helping musician for over 30 years and started, by her neighbors gain assistance in weatherizing divine intervention, CHURCHIN' News their homes, obtaining needed home repairs Magazine in 2006. Since then the magazine and, in some cases, building their first homes. has become the premier church news publicaAllen Gray served as President of the PTO tion in Tarrant County as it serves the entire at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School for church community. Mr. Jordan says he startfour years and currently serves on the ed the magazine to fulfill a longing desire to school's board of directors. She also serves show all the uninformed people that churches are in indeed very active with ministry and answering the call of serving their communities both spiritually and physically through various outreach efforts and ministry opportunities. Mr. Jordan also owns and operates MW Jordan Publishing, which is a service and products business specializing in full service printing, banners and sign making. He is a member of the Minority Leaders & Citizens Council of Fort Worth, The Fort Worth Southside Optimist Club and serves faithfully as musician at Greater Saint Stephen First Church where Dr. M.A. Bell is Pastor. Michael W.
Jordan is proud father of 2 children, Joyclyn Blackshear and Michael Jordan, Jr. and 2 grandchildren, Jadalyn and Divinity. ISIS Brantley (Mother, Business Owner, Master Braider, Author, Lecturer, Trailblazer, Icon) & Grand Marshal for "The 300" symbolic of a small number making a mighty impact. Some may have come to know Isis as the Dallas-bound woman angry at TSA after agents stopped and searched her afro while she went through security at Atlanta's Hartsfield -Jackson airport. Most know Master natural hair stylist, Isis Brantley, as a vibrant spokeswoman for black ancestral culture for over thirty years. An iconic adorner and educator in the beauty industry, Isis has maintained a presence in her community, as well as established herself as a wellknown icon in the struggle for cultural identity for African Americans, after her decade long battle with the State of Texas regarding anti-braiding regulations. In 1997 Isis was arrested for braiding hair without a license. Although at the time, no laws in the state of Texas required braiders to be licensed, many in the community saw the arrest as an attempt by the state to intimidate underground braiders and subject them to the same requirements as cosmetologists. Isis, who was targeted by the State because of her widespread reputation as one of the best braiders in the state, was not intimidated. A firm believer of constitutional justice, Isis fought for what she believed was a violation of her civil rights by the state of Texas. Isis is single handedly known nationwide as Naturally Isis, the guru of Natural Hair Care. Stylist to many clients across the country and including celebrity soulstress Erykah Badu, Isis is deeply involved in building and expanding her business, with the promotion of her hair care products appropriately donned, Sisters of Isis , and upcoming release of three books: Hair Once Sacred, Now Desecrated, Braid Raid, and Olayinka's Magic Beaded Comb.
MEET THE 2012 DFW LITERARY SOULFEST AUTHORS â€œUnder the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Authorâ€?
MEET Melody "AFI" Bell, a GRIOT (gree-o); traveling storyteller, musician and poet. She touches thousands of children and adults with her heart felt talent. Melody uplifts the spirit of all people regardless of age. Melody has a gift that must be shared.
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SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES September 29, 2012 PROGRAM Occasion with an Introduction to the African American Literary Traditions with Amin Ojouk 11:00a-12:00p Awards & Recognitions Grand Marshals Special Honor to Fort Worth Historian, Reby Cary 10:00-11:00 – Music Partners & Supporters 11:00a-12:00p Welcome Authors & Vendors Occasion Celebrity Author Toya Carter Overview Recognitions
12:00-1:00p Author Runway Part 1 A Word to Parents, Educators & Students Written Wonders of the Word Author Kwan Entertainment 1:00-2:00p Author Runway Part 2 Books Beauty & Beyond Historical Analysis of Donald Goines Entertainment 2:00-3:00p Vendor Runway Part 1 Authors Sheila Lipsey & Pat Tucker Poetry in the Park 3:00-4:00p Vendor Runway Part 2 Entertainment Closing Remarks
PARADE 10 am Starting: Cobb Park at Glen Gardens & Berry Entrance Route: Cobb Park Dr Ending: Stage area Line Up Time: 9:00am Start Time: 10:00 am Cost: Free COACHES FOR LITERACY BASKETBALL 11:00-4:00p SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY The Suave Band Dezyne Griot/Storyteller Melody Afi Bell National Performance Poets Anthony Douglas and Be Wise and other artists and musicians YOUTH ACTIVITIES Children, Young Reader, Teen Books Face painting Storytelling Written Wonders of the World Bingo Boardgames Games and more
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UPCOMING EVENTS Wed. Oct. 3—Presidential Debate Viewing Party, 8pm The Dock Bookshop. Sat. Oct. 6—Pens and Pancakes Writers Brunch: What’s Your Next Step, 10a-12p The Dock Sat, Oct. 6—Native Omaha in Texas, 12noon Lynn Creek Park inside Joe Pool Lake Sat. Oct. 6—Fort Worth Conscious Movement 1st Annual Blackout Networking Banquet, 7p Glen Garden Country Club 2916 Glen Garden Dr. Fort Worth 76119 Sat. Oct. 13—Candle-Making Workshop, 1-4p The Dock Sat. Oct. 13—Zion Age of Aquarius Party featuring Poetry of TepRa, 8-11p Sat. Oct. 20—Sankofa Caravan to Ancestors for more info contact NBUF 214-460-7672 Sat. Oct. 20—Texas Rose Festival, Tyler, TX Sat. Oct. 27—Educators Appreciation, 11a-1p, The Dock Sat. Nov. 3—2012 Nappiology Expo, 8a-7p, Hurst Conference Center Fri. Nov. 23—Black Friday Event. 9a-12noon, The Dock Sat. Nov. 24—Winter Wonderland of Reading, 12noon2p, The Dock
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BUSINESSES & LITERARY SUPPORTERS Thanks to all the Organizations, Book Clubs, Businesses who support Reading & Independent Bookstores!!!
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