Givens Foundation for African Amer Literature

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Founded in 1972, the Givens Foundation for African American Literature‘s mission is to enrich cultural awareness and learning through programs that promote and celebrate African American literature and writers. 

Each year, we serve nearly 4,000 students, educators, readers, and writers through four programs:


  • Education Residency Program, an innovative program which places teaching artists in schools and uses African American literature as a springboard for teaching reading and writing.


  • Writers Retreat Program, a series of workshops, performances, and a retreat where writers come together to develop their craft and promote a sense of community.


  • NOMMO, an author series that celebrates the magic power of the word through conversations with nationally acclaimed African American authors and poets.


  • Black Books, a community reading program designed to increase access to literature in the African American community and to encourage reading as an integral part of daily life.



The mission and programs of the Given Foundation are inspired by the Givens Collection of more than 18,000 African American literary works and cultural objects dating from the late 18th century to the present.



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