The 15th Annual Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair this weekend will celebrate the merits of literature by and about African Americans.
The organizers of the show also want to highlight the merits of books for young generations addicted to their phones.
Tulisoma is a Swahili word meaning ‘we read’. The book fair was founded in 2003 by the African American Museum in Dallas and the late city councilor Leo Chaney Jr., who represented the South Dallas area. The African American Museum of Dallas and the Richardson-Plano Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Brotherhood are the co-organizers of the event.
About two dozen local, state and national authors and illustrators will headline Friday and Saturday at the museum, 3536 Grand Ave, inside Fair Park. Other events include open mic poetry, workshops, theater and children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The Game Changers Hip Hop Gospel Extravaganza will take place on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum.
Events are free with the exception of the Sutton E. Griggs Awards Dinner, which kicks off the Friday Book Fair at 7 p.m. at the museum. Tickets for this event are $ 50. Go to www.eventbrite.com and search for Sutton E. Griggs. For more information, call 214-565-9026 ext. 304.
The dinner will honor three personalities known for the production and promotion of African American literature. Married couple Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson – writers, founders and co-owners of publishing company Just Us Books in East Orange, NJ – will receive the Griggs Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature. Emma Rodgers – a ubiquitous matron of black history, black literature, and the black performing arts in Dallas – will receive the Griggs Literary Champion Award.
The award is named after the late Texas-born author, minister and social activist. Griggs was also the son of the late Reverend Allen R. Griggs, a legendary African American minister in Dallas for whom Griggs Park in Uptown and Griggs Chapel Baptist Church – a historic African American church in Dallas – are named.
The Hudsons will also discuss and sign several of their more than two dozen children’s books. Other featured authors who will discuss and sign their books include co-authors Alexis Yancey and Paula Drew Fleming, relationship influencing author and parents Denene Millner, memoir writer Antonia Williams-Gary, coach of local writing and author Victor McGlothin and children’s book author Derrick Barnes. .
ABOUT THE CITY: More than 30 national speakers, celebrities, seminars and mainstage performances will be featured at the three-day Black Women’s Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday to Dallas Market Center, 2100 N. Stemmons Highway. 1st The Phenomenal Woman Awards reception will advance the exhibit Friday to 6 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Tickets for the three days are $ 5 to $ 15. Visit www.TheBlackWomensExpo.com or call 312-454-6100.