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November 6, 2003

Black Cultural Center hosts lecture by award-winning poet, author

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Black Cultural Center will host "An Evening with Haki Madhubuti," an award-winning black poet, author and publisher, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (11/12) in Stewart Center, Room 218.

Madhubuti (formerly Don L. Lee) is the founder, publisher and editor of Third World Press, a progressive black publishing company in Chicago. He is also founder of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept Development Center and director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University, which hosts the annual National Black Writers Conference.

"Dr. Madhubuti is a much sought after poet and lecturer," says Black Cultural Center director Renee Thomas.  He served as a pivotal figure in the development of a strong black literary tradition, emerging from the era of the '60s and continuing to the present day. His presentation will complement the BCC programming focus this year on the civil rights and black arts movements."

Madhubuti is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1984, he received the distinguished writer award from the Middle Atlantic Writer's Association, and in 1993 he received the Paul Robeson Award from the African-American Arts Alliance.

Madhubuti's poetry first appeared in the 1960s and is characterized by anger at social and economic injustice and by joy and rejoicing in black culture. He has 19 published books, including six volumes of poetry published in the 1960s. His 1969 volume, "Don't Cry, Scream," gained him critical acclaim.

He was a poet, essayist, editor and publisher throughout the Black Arts Movement, participating in the political aspects of the movement by working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Congress of Racial Equality and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Purdue University Graduate School and the Historically Black Institution Visitation Program are cosponsoring Madhubuti's lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Writer: Reni Winter, (765) 496-3133,

Source Renee Thomas, (765) 494-3091,

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