Authors Share History Echoing Culture, Mental Health and the Arts

Shown L- R: Dr. Antonia Bryant, Leola Williams, Myesha Langrey, Mary Mickel, Jucoby Pittman, Kamil Ojoyo, Vanessa Cullins-Hudgens and Chris Bovin

The Black History Month program hosted by the Friends of the Bradham and Brooks Library was a celebration of local authors who shared excerpts from their works. Authors onhand included Leola Williams and Kevin Monroe, Khamil Ojoyo, Myesha Langrey, Rahman Johnson and Mary Mickel read passages that elicited moments of laughter and thoughtful reflection. All of the selectted authors readinsgs resonated with themes of love, hope and resilience as major characteristics of black history and culture.

In tribute to local filmmaker and readers’ theater director, Emanuel Washington, readers Antonia Bryant, Roxann Hilbert, Portia Speight, and Ramona Roberts presented Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

Also featured in the program was Vanessa Cullins Hopkins, member of Bradham and Brooks Friends, who shared information on Olga Bradham and Etta Brooks after whom the branch library was named. Finally, Councilwoman Ju’ Coby Pittman (District 10), Mark Hohnadel, library branch manager; and Antonia Bryant, president of the Bradham and Brooks Friends, gave closing remarks.

“The program was indeed a momentous occasion for the community,” said organizer Leola Williams.

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