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Alice Walker is the pioneer author who gave us The Color Purple among seven outstanding, thoughtful novels, four collections of memorable short stories, four engrossing children’s books and a volume of essays that get to the heart of the matter. She will be honored as the first recipient of the NBCC Literary Legend...

Terry McMillan is perhaps the most influential author in the last two decades. Her groundbreaking novel, Waiting To Excel, which also was a box office hit as a film, spawned today’s influx of African-American authors and books. All of her works have been lauded for their authenticity, depth, black women empowerment...

Jenifer Lewis is the accomplished television and film actress who stars in the ABC hit sitcom, black-ish. She has penned her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, which has received outstanding reviews for its raw transparency and depth of storytelling. For example, the former stage actress writes: “Performing on...

Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the NY TImes best-selling and award-winning book, Just Mercy, will receive the Walter Mosley Author of Distinction Award at the 2018 NBCC. He has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the...

Bernice McFadden quit her job in 1997 and dedicated seven months to re-writing the novel that would become, “Sugar,” igniting a literary career that has been marked by beautifully written, best-selling books. Included in her portfolio of compelling reads are The Book of Harlan, Finding Amos, The Warmest December and...

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer and current Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre, where her play, “What I Learned in Paris,” opened the 2012-2013 Season. Her new play for young audiences, Tell Me My Dream, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in the 2015-2016 Season. The...

Carl Weber is commonly known as the P. Diddy of the African American publishing world. With 14 New York Times bestselling novels under his belt and twenty-two novels in total, Weber is considered one of the premiere African American authors in the country. However, being an author can hardly be considered his day job....

Joe Barry Carroll is an NBA All Star and philanthropist who has become a successful wealth advisor, artist, photographer, and author. Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, And Emotions is a touching, and lyrical book by former NBA All Star Joe Barry Carroll. It is an uplifting collection of narratives...

Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of The Supremes Sing The Happy Heartache Blues and theNew  York Times and international bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, which was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was also named a 2014 Illinois Reads book by the...

Valerie Winrow is a singer, songwriter, and author of two books, Dear Chris, Conversations with My Son and her most recent, Who’s That Girl?, which chronicles her life after losing her son and husband, the struggle to gain balance, find love again and peace. Her works are based on a foundation created by a lifetime of...