The Mosaic Literary Conference is a grassroots event and a great opportunity for the community, educators, students, program administrators, and parents to learn ways to integrate books and reading into the lives of teenagers. MLC offers a mix of informative programs and creative workshops to engage young minds, strengthen literacy, and develop education strategies.
This year’s conference will focus on the #BlackLivesMatter teachable moments, social and artistic movements that have risen out of Ferguson, MO, Baltimore, MD. and other police and community actions.
11:15-12:00pm: #BLACKLIVESMATTER: Back then, Now, and the Future
Facilitated by Clairesa Clay
This session presents a cinematic visualization of the journey of the African Diaspora through a historical timeline of images juxtaposing the past with the current state of revolution and movement inspired by Black Lives Matter. Filmmakers armed with cameras document the 21st century injustice to the Black community through a modern lens that leaves a question of how Black communities will change and embrace a future of safeness.
Short Film Screening
The Idiot's Guide to the Black Revolution by Melissa V. Murray, 2.34 minutes
Shut Down by Christian Smooth, 6.11 minutes
Palimpsest by Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo, 5.54 minutes
P.S. I Can't Breathe by Rochelle White, 20 minutes
Sandra Blank: Ain't I a Woman by Madam Prezident, 3.30 minutes
A Scribe Called Quess? Jason Richard Allan Foster, 4.39 minutes
Indictment by Sydnee Monday, 11.45 minutes
Filmmakers Melissa V. Murray, Founder and CEO, The Cynical Owl and Christian Smooth will join facilitator Clairesa Clay for a discussion and Q&A about their films.
The Mosaic Literary Conference is presented by the Literary Freedom Project is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization that seeks to restore the importance of reading books as an essential tool for creating intelligent, productive, and engaged young people.
Presenting Sponsor: Caribbean Cultural. Media sponsors include AALBC.com (The African American Literature Book Club), NY Writers Coalition, Total Equity Now - Harlem. La Casa Azul Bookstore is the official bookseller of the Mosaic Literary Conference.
The Literary Freedom Project seeks to restore the importance of reading books as an essential tool for creating intelligent, productive, and engaged young people. Towards this goal, LFP publishes Mosaic Literary Magazine; develops literature-based lesson plans and workshops; and hosts the Mosaic Literary Conference, an annual literature-education event.
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