THIS EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE AND IS RECORDED HERE AS AN HISTORICAL ARCHIVE.
Nobel Prize-winning Author
Join us for a poetic and musical celebration
African Voices cordially invites you to our celebration. Please share this invitation with friends. Discount tickets available for 10 or more people.
For tickets visit www.africanvoices.com � Call: 212.865.2982
Sat., May 5, 2007, 6:30 pm � Columbia University, Lerner Hall
(B'way & 116th Street)
Dr. Bernard Charles, Master of Ceremonies
Special performances by
Ron K. Brown's Evidence
The Noel Pointer String Trio
Obediah Wright's Balance Dance Theater
For tickets online at www.africanvoices.com
of call 212.865.2982
Ellie Charles Artists Awards is named after the organization's first chairperson Eleanor "Ellie" Charles who dedicated her life to supporting the arts, education and young people. In 1998, the late legendary photographer Gordon Parks became the first artist to receive African Voices distinguished artist award. Past Ellie Award recipients are actress/activist Ruby Dee and award-winning authors Walter Mosley and Wole Soyinka, poets Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care Moore-Poole and Amiri Baraka, Imhotep Gary Byrd, theater/film producer Voza Rivers and actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney.
Ms. Morrison was a close friend of Ellie Charles and it is a great privilege for African Voices to bestow its award to the beloved author.
�We are deeply honored to present the award in Ellie�s name because of the special bond they shared and the magic both women possess. Ellie and Toni have a special way of transforming people�s lives through their words and actions,� said African Voices publisher Carolyn A. Butts. �They have inspired us to believe that anything is possible through faith, action and courage.�
Ms. Morrison is one of the most influential writers in American literary history. The following is a brief summary of her long list of accomplishments.
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African Voices, a non-profit 501c3 arts organization.
Media Sponsors: Amsterdam News and KISS-FM.
Special Thanks to in-kind donors AALBC.com, Mosaicbooks.com, The Network Journal, Akila Worksongs, Walk Tall Girl Productions and Ghenet Enterprises, Ltd.
Morrison Photo: Courtesy of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders