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BLACK BOOK AWARDS NAT TURNER TRAIL TOUR RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 4, 2016

The Nat Turner Library Building Complex is Site for the 22nd presentation of The Black Book Awards for Excellence in Black Literature & The Living History Tour called The Nat Turner Trail.

It is the First Weekend in June, with three main Events Saturday, June 4.

MAIN  EVENT #1. All who register to attend either of the Main Events will be allotted time to conduct a “Mini-Workshop” to tell about their Life Experiences

MAIN EVEN #2. The Nat Turner Trail Tour. & 

MAIN EVEN #3. The Awards Banquet Saturday evening at a gala event fit for Black Kings & Queens. If you do not receive a personal invitation in the mail, consider knowledge about this Public Event your invitation to attend. You can google The Khalifah Kujichagulia Village or The Nat Turner Library for directions. Or call 434-378-2140.

20th BLACK BOOK AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
IN BLACK LITERATURE JUNE 15-16, 2013
APRIL 11, 2013


SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA – UBUS Communications Systems, the trail blazing premier, Independent Black Publisher announces the 20th presentation of Black Book Awards for Excellence in Black Literature. As per the prior 19 “validation and celebration of books that are written by, for or about Black people,” the first weekend in June is reserved as a holiday for Black Writers, publishers, printers, vendors and other sellersand buyers of Black literature. It is not accidental or coincidental that Black Book Awards are presented on the same weekend as the ABA, the Caucasian trade organization that operates to celebrate white literature. But as usual a number of new Black writers will go to the ABA, rather than to Southampton County and celebrate Black literature.
        “This is ok for new Black writers,” said H. Khalif Khalifah, the Founder of UBUS, and host for an event that is estimated to have presented Black Book Awards for more than 500 individuals – 95% of whose work has never been cited anyplace on the planet for an award. Not because the books were not good, or deserving enough, but because no one had the vision, appreciation and good business sense to institutionalize an event to cite the work. The Black Book achievement is also presented as a great promotion opportunity for Black Writers.
          “It is ok for new Black writers because many may not have gotten the word about Black Book Awards, or, are still of the mindset that THEIR work will be the exception to what the ABA is established to do. When they witness that 99% of the citations and celebration at the ABA is for white literature, many will
come to us in following years.” continued Khalifah.
          But according to Khalifah, otherwise ‘conscious’ black people will also go to ABA, or not come to Southampton County during Black Literature Weekend. They are simply not independent minded enough to the degree necessary to appreciate the effort; or do not want their work to cited by a 100% Black organization.

BLACK LUMINARIES HAVE BEEN CITED

          Everyone will not appreciate Black Book Awards, but many of the most renown Black individuals in history have attended, been “hugged up” celebrated and received the awards. The prelude to the now institution was the 1st “Harlem Literary and Arts Festival, October 1 & 2, 1977. The Guest Speakers were: Prof John Henrik Clark, Dr. Y. ben Jochanan, Imam Ali Rasheed, Simon Bly Jr., Prof Preston Wilcox, Poets Eugene Reynolds, Rich Bartee, James McRae, Publisher Robert T. Davis, Sister Yetunde & etc.
In 1978, Legendary Queen Mother Moore and Dr. Amos N. Wilson were two of the main speakers. No awards were presented at the first two. But after relocating to Virginia - building the Black Book Industry into a “Movement,” in the 1980’s, in 1991 the celebration of Black Literature received its first institutional presentation of Citations and celebration in a comprehensive way. Awards for “Best New Writer,” “Best Book of the Year – fiction and non-fiction,” “Publisher of the Year,” “Distributor of the Year,” and etc.
have been awarded. Since that year the following are among the Black writers who have received awards:

Sister Sharazad Ali, Dr. Tony Martin, Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Imari Obadele, Sister Johnita Obadele, Dr. Edward Smalls Jr., Sister Amuntyt Judy Carter Khalifah, Nation of Islam, C.R.O.E., Omar Tyree, Marva Cooper, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Adib Rashad, Dr. Kamau Kambon, John F. Hatchett, Yusef Abdul Salaam, Amir Fatir, Latif Tarik, Keidi Awadu, Dr. Henry N. Anderson, Mr. Carol Barnes, Gloria Taylor Edwards, Brother Lumumba Odinga, Ibn Khalifah, Moi Collier and too many others to name – more are listed at www.blackbooksaward.com

All activities during Black Literary Weekend are at the Khalifah’s Estates in Southampton County, Virginia. That is all except for the last day when Khalifah leads the writers, families and friends on a “Return to the Nat Turner Trail.” In fact, Khalifah’s Estates is located at the Birthplace of Nat Turner. At the least, that is the legend in the County. One thing for certain, Nat Turner, Slaved, Preached and Planned the most
dynamic Revolt in Black History on the land of Khalifah’s Estates. The Black Book Awards not only celebrate Black literature, but it also helps to authentic, celebrate and preserve the history of Nat Turner. Revenues generated during the weekend contribute to the building of The Nat Turner Slave Museum, The Khalifah world class Library, Discount Black Bookstore and the Nat Turner Gift Shop.


NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER YOUR PUBLICATION
          Any books that have not been cited in the past are eligible to receive an award. If your book has been previously cited, it still may qualify to be celebrated and validated for other awards of recognition. If your book is out of print, you still have time to have Khalifah arrange a small, reasonable print run of 10 books. In any event, if you are a Black writer, family, friend or reader of Black literature, mingling for 3 days or
less with an average of 3 dozen writers is quite exciting.

If you have written a book and need publishing or printing information, call Khalifah at (434) 378-2140 and  tune in to Khalifah Booknotes Radio presentations, every Wednesday 7 pm to 9 pm. www.harambeeradio.com
          Entry for a Black Book Award is Free. Deadline for entry is May 1, 2013: Send 2 copies of your book to BLACK BOOK AWARDS: P. O. Box 1, DREWRYVILLE, VA 23844. Or go to www.blackbookawards.eventbrite.com and register. Or call
(434)378-2140.

2013 BLACK BOOK AWARDS
June 1-2 Nat Turner Library, Virginia

SOUTHAMPTON, VIRGINIA  Black writers, publishers, distributors, Booksellers and patrons are notified to prepare to attend and participate in the 20th  Annual Black Books Award. For the 19th year the literature of books that are written, by Black people will be celebrated in a setting that both validate their work and provide an opportunity to promote and sell it.
            Celebrated over a period of three days, all activities will be in The Nat Turner Reference Library at The Khalifah Kujichagulia Village, 26070 Barhams Hills Road, Drewryville,VA 23844. On the 3
rd day, Sunday, June 6, attendees are taken on a “Return to the Nat Turner Trail.”
  All who register in advance will be guaranteed 10 minutes to talk about their work and to share their experience in overcoming barriers to go from manuscript writer to published writer. Aspiring writers and book buyers are also welcome to attend. Registration is free.
            There is a fee for the “Awards Dinner Banquet,” Saturday evening.  Black writers, journalist & booksellers, will given Black Book Awards in front of family, friends, and readers of their work. It is about 95% certain that Black Book Awards will be the only citation their books will ever receive.

This is the case for some of the most important books in Black History: if not for black book awards the works of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Stolen Legacy, and John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Amos N. Wilson and too many others to name; their books never would have been documented with a wall certificate or plaque, regardless of their greatness.

            Writers are asked to register in advance by mailing a review copy of their publication to the above address. For more information go towww.black-e-books.com/yourbookstore. Or call (434) 378-2140.

 

20th BLACK BOOK AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
IN BLACK LITERATURE JUNE 1-2, 2013

APRIL 11, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA – UBUS Communications Systems, the trail blazing premier, Independent Black Publisher announces the 20th presentation of Black Book Awards for Excellence in Black Literature. As per the prior 19 “validation and celebration of books that are written by, for or about Black people,” the first weekend in June is reserved as a holiday for Black Writers, publishers, printers, vendors and other sellers and buyers of Black literature.           It is not accidental or coincidental that Black Book Awards are presented on the same weekend as the ABA, the Caucasian trade organization that operates to celebrate white literature. But as usual a number of new Black writers will go to the ABA, rather than to Southampton County and celebrate Black literature.
     “This is ok for new Black writers,” said H. Khalif Khalifah, the Founder of UBUS, and host for an event that is estimated to have presented Black Book Awards for more than 500 individuals – 95% of whose work has never been cited anyplace on the planet for an award.

Not because the books were not good, or deserving enough, but because no one had the vision, appreciation and good business sense to institutionalize an event to cite the work. The Black Book achievement is also presented as a great promotion opportunity for Black Writers.

          “It is ok for new Black writers because many may not have gotten the word about Black Book Awards, or, are still of the mindset that THEIR work will be the exception to what the ABA is established to do. When they witness that 99% of the citations and celebration at the ABA is for white literature, many will come to us in following years.”  Continued Khalifah.

          But according to Khalifah, other, otherwise ‘conscious’ black people will also go to ABA, or not come to Southampton County during Black Literature Weekend. They are simply not independent minded enough to the degree necessary to appreciate the effort; or do not want their work to cited by a 100% Black organization.

 

BLACK LUMINARIES HAVE BEEN CITED

 

          Everyone will not appreciate Black Book Awards, but many of the most renown Black individuals in history have attended, been “hugged up” celebrated and received the awards. The prelude to the now institution was the 1st “Harlem Literary and Arts Festival, October 1 & 2, 1977. The Guest Speakers were: Prof John Henrik Clark, Dr. Y. ben Jochanan, Imam Ali Rasheed, Simon Bly Jr., Prof Preston Wilcox, Poets Eugene Reynolds, Rich Bartee, James McRae, Publisher Robert T. Davis, Sister Yetunde & etc.

In 1978, Legendary Queen Mother Moore and Dr. Amos N. Wilson were two of the main speakers. No awards were presented at the first two. But after relocating to Virginia - building the Black Book Industry into a “Movement,” in the 1980’s, in 1991 the celebration of Black Literature received its first institutional presentation of Citations and celebration in a comprehensive way.

Awards for “Best New Writer,” “Best Book of the Year – fiction and non-fiction,” “Publisher of the Year,” “Distributor of the Year,” and etc. have been awarded. Since that year the following are among the Black writers who have received awards: Sister Sharazad Ali, Dr. Tony Martin, Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Imari Obadele, Sister Johnita Obadele, Dr. Edward Smalls Jr., Sister Amuntyt Judy Carter Khalifah, Nation of Islam, C.R.O.E., Omar Tyree, Marva Cooper, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Adib Rashad, Dr. Kamau Kambon, John F. Hatchett, Yusef Abdul Salaam, Amir Fatir, Latif Tarik, Keidi Awadu, Dr. Henry N. Anderson, Mr. Carol Barnes, Gloria Taylor Edwards, Brother Lumumba Odinga, Ibn Khalifah, Moi Collier and too many others to name – more are listed at www.blackbooksaward.com

All activities during Black Literary Weekend are at the Khalifah’s Estates in Southampton County, Virginia. That is all except for the last day when Khalifah leads the writers, families and friends on a “Return to the Nat Turner Trail.” In fact, Khalifah’s Estates is located at the Birthplace of Nat Turner. At the least, that is the legend in the County.

One thing for certain, Nat Turner, Slaved, Preached and Planned the most dynamic Revolt in Black History on the land of Khalifah’s Estates. The Black Book Awards not only celebrate Black literature, but it also helps to authentic, celebrate and preserve the history of Nat Turner. Revenues generated during the weekend contribute to the building of The Nat Turner Slave Museum, The Khalifah world class Library, Discount Black Bookstore and the Nat Turner Gift Shop.

NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER YOUR PUBLICATION

          Any books that have not been cited in the past are eligible to receive an award. If your book has been previously cited, it still may qualify to be celebrated and validated for other awards of recognition. If your book is out of print, you still have time to have Khalifah arrange a small, reasonable print run of 10 books. In any event, if you are a Black writer, family, friend or reader of Black literature, mingling for 3 days or less with some average of 3 dozen writers is quite exciting.

If you have written a book and need publishing or printing information, call Khalifah at (704) 277-1462 – tune in to Khalifah Booknotes Radio presentations, every Wednesday 7 pm to 9 pm. www.harambeeradio.com

          Entry for a Black Book Award is Free. Deadline for entry isMay 1, 2009: Send 2 copies to BLACK BOOK AWARDS: P. O. Box 9, DREWRYVILLE, VA 23844. Or go to ksaward.com and register. Or call (704) 277-1462.