The LPVBF will recognize the significance of the 1965 Watts Rebellion with a stirring panel discussion. Noted community leaders, educators, elected officials and more will gather for a poignant conversation on the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Rebellion. Panelists will discuss the underlying causes that led to an unprecedented loss of lives, injuries and millions in property damage; highlighting growing racial tensions and socioeconomic disparities in the LA’s predominantly black communities. The discussion culminates with a special screening of the acclaimed documentary, “The Angry Voices of Watts” (1965). Although decades earlier, the events and outcomes of the Rebellion mirror many of the same such events as the 1992 LA Riots and the recent protests in Baltimore. The objective will be to share with participants and attendees where we are as a city (and a nation) since the riots – the progression in the midst of setbacks.
The 2015 Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) will celebrate another year of bringing a world-class, unrivaled literary event to the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thousands book lovers, families, and fans of all ages will converge on the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at 3650 Martin Luter King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California 90018, to celebrate the written word. There will be over 150 celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances and musical performance during this day-long festival.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO ALICE WALKER,
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR
Previously, the LPVBF has hosted some of the national’s top authors and artists including Pulitzer Prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson; California Laureate Al Young; Award Winning Poet, Nikki Govanni; Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence magazine, Susan L. Taylor; Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.; Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor of “American Idol” and band leader of the “Tonight Show;” Pulitzer Prize-winning authorDouglas Blackmon; prominent literary figure Ishmael Reed; New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey; Advertising Hall of FamerTom Burrell; award winning chef Govind Armstrong; playwright/author Donald Welch; screenwriter Rob Edwards (“Princess and the Frog”); art enthusiasts and philanthropists Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey; award-winning poet Ruth Forman, spoken word tour-de-force-Talaam Aceyand actress/children’s author Kim Wayans just to name a few. In addition, each year LPVBF distributes more than 1,500 free books to fair attendees, including over 300 books to local foster care children.
Learn more at http://leimertparkbookfair.com/