Adults and teens are invited to explore theme, “Blacks and the Vote,” during Book Fest 2020, presented as an online event by the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library on Saturday, June 13 from 1 – 3 p.m.
The program will begin with a keynote address by Priestley Johnson, Deputy Director of Partnerships and Outreach for When We All Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to increase voter participation in elections. Launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, When We All Vote is changing the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections.
Book Fest 2020 continues at 1:35 p.m. with a poetry reading by Indianapolis native Allyson Horton, whose first book of poems is Quick Fire. Other presenters during this time will be local poet Shai Davis and local high school student Gabbie Black.
The final activity will be a panel discussion on the topic, “Social Action in the Age of COVID-19,” moderated by Nichelle M. Hayes, special collections librarian at the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. Panelists will include historian Leon Bates, environmental activist Denise Abdul-Rahman, and public health specialist Jesseca Chatman.
Book Fest 2020 is a free online program, but registration is required by visiting the events page on the Library’s website at www.indypl.org. and searching for the CBLC Book Fest. Those registered will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event