• “Celebrate Sonia!” The 80th Birthday Celebration for Sis. Sonia Sanchez at Bedford Hall

    Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2014 at at 06:00pm

    This year marks a milestone for our beloved and dear sister Sonia Sanchez. She turns 80 in September. Sister Sonia has a been a shining light in all of our lives, through her kind and inspirational spirit, her words of wisdom, and her love for all things that we do for the betterment of humankind.

    The Center for Black Literature is taking the lead in coordinating the celebration of the life of this gifted artist, remarkable woman, and inspiring friend.

    Partners: African Voices, Akila Worksongs, Inc., asha bandele, Danny Simmons, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Vicelounge.

    Tickets to this event cost $35.00. Tickets and more information can be found through Eventbrite.

  • Footprints of Peace Celebration at Penn Museum

    Philadelphia, PA on September 21, 2014 at at 11:00am

    In a city, a country, and a world where violence is too often in the news, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE brings together a multigenerational lineup of concerned poets, musicians and other artists, plus Philadelphia children and families, in a call for and celebration of peace.

    Philadelphia’s Sonia Sanchez, an internationally renowned peace activist, lends her vision and hosts a joyful and transformative day designed for all ages. Artists, musicians, and poets scheduled to appear at the event include American singer and television actor T.C. Carson; poet and hip hop artist Black Ice; composer/performer Karma Mayet Johnson; poet, abstract painter and Founder/VP of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Danny Simmons, Jr.; actor, storyteller, and activist Vinie Burrows; poet, CEO of Moore Black Press, and Executive Producer of Black Women Rock jessica Care moore; and singer/songwriter Lady Alma. Harrisburg poet laureate Rick Kearns and Philadelphia’s new youth poet laureate Soledad Alfaro-Allah, join in the day.

    For more information, click here.

  • Furious Flower Conference at James Madison University

    Harrisonburg, VA on September 25, 2014 at at 01:30pm

    Held only once a decade, this much-anticipated gathering of poets and scholars features readings by many of the best established and emerging African American poets writing today—and all of these readings are free and open to the public. The conference will feature events from Wednesday, September 24 through Saturday, September 27.

    Sonia will moderate a special session on Thursday, September 25 in the Festival Conference Center Ballroom:

    1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    S.O.S. Calling All Black People: Honoring the Memory of Amiri Baraka, moderated by Sonia Sanchez with poetry readings by Tony Medina, Jessica Care Moore, Evie Shockley, Quincy Troupe, Eugene Redmond.

    More information can be found at the conference website.

  • Connecting for Change at Zeiterion Theatre

    New Bedford, MA on October 24, 2014 at at 12:00am

    The 10th Annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers Network Event presented by the Marion Institute is an annual solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability, all working to catalyze a movement to heal our world. See more at:

    Sonia will be presenting as a keynote speaker; final schedule—including time—to be determined.