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(From left) Artist Shamala Bennu Auset, PR Specialist Kenyaka Osakemi Beckley, Attorney Clara Hunter King, and Community Activist Thabiti Hashim. (photo by Akemini Ukpong)
By Akemini E. UkpongContributing Writer
On Saturday, April 16, the Annual Black Writers on Tour was held in Carson at the Carson Community Center by Dr. Rosie Milligan, a well-known author and publisher, and her staff. The event began in the early morning and extended until the latter part of the afternoon.
There were a variety of individuals in attendance, ranging from pastors and poets to playwrights and authors. Vendors were also present, consisting of both new and seasoned authors, sharing books they had written on a plethora of topics, ranging from how to write a book of your own to components for building a business. There were also books on spirituality that shared personal stories of both tragedy and triumph.
The Annual Black Writers On Tour event brought writers together to enhance and hone in on their skills. There were writer's workshops on a variety of topics ranging from "How To Write A Best-Selling Novel" to "Spirituality Versus Religion." Among the many workshops, in "Let the Elders Speak," a panel of individuals spoke of their journey in life and the wisdom they picked up along the way.
The panel consisted of an assortment of professions, including an attorney, Ms. Clara King; a mechanical and electrical engineer, Mr. Robert Hunter; a clinical psychologist, Ms. Ercell Hoffman; and a historian and community activist, Mr. Thabiti Hashim. Each individual spoke of lessons learned through their travels and current projects they are working on. Each shared words of inspiration to motivate and encourage the audience toward action for making a difference within their communities.
In addition to the book vendors and writer's workshops, there was an open microphone poetry performance of spoken word artists, called "Poetry Corner." This portion of the event proved to be a time of sharing life experiences, wisdom and faith through poetic expression. The art came in many different forms and delivered many different messages, which added to the poignancy that many felt throughout the event.
The Black Writers on Tour was an event to remember and cherish for its uniqueness in bringing like minds together to share in the art of written expression. The community members that attended each had a hand in contributing to the lives of those around them through communing and fellowshipping with one another.
Many are already looking forward to enjoying and sharing in the art of writing for next year's Black Writers On Tour event!