This was the AALBC.com's second year at the National African American Cultural Expo, which is held every year at the Philadelphia Convention Center. 2000's event was held June 24th and 25th. This is a very large event was sponsored by Damlier Chyrsler and included scores of vendors, several famous keynote speakers and an author's pavilion. The Authors pavilion is a real bargain. There are not many events where you can meet and hear so many authors at one time. Authors come from all over the country to attend this event, even though Philadelphia has such a wealth of local talent from which to draw.
Sonia Sanchez is one of the most tireless supporters of our people and of our the art we have created of the language. Here she is moderating a poetry reading. Most of the poets were young and relatively unknown, however Ms. Sanchez listened to each one, intensely, as she always does. Sonia can often be seen at the conclusion of events giving advice, signing books, and motivating writers both young and old - generally she is the last to leave.
If you have not heard Sonia read her work live, you are missing something amazing. Sonia reads with an emotion and intensity that draws you in. See Sonia live the next chance you get.
Photo Credits: Troy Johnson, AALBC.com