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Thank you to everyone who attended Black Writers Museum Presents the 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival this p...
08/27/2021

Thank you to everyone who attended Black Writers Museum Presents the 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival this past weekend. We would also like to thank our sponsors and all of our partners for their incredible support. But, most of all, huge thank you to our great performers! The Legendary Fred Wesley and The Original Lakeside!

📷 Thank you to @juanpapi420 for capturing the essence of the #PPJF in Vernon Park.

#PeoplesPoetryandJazzFestival #VernonPark #BlackWritersMuseum #Philadelphia #Festival #History #Culture #Community #Music #Unite #BlackWriters #Write #SpokenWord #Visit #Museum #Art #Philly

08/27/2021

We’d like to thank our sponsors! Black Writers Museum Presents the 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support from our community and we can’t thank you all enough.

Meanwhile at the Black Writers Museum.
08/20/2021

Meanwhile at the Black Writers Museum.

Tomorrow is the big day! Rain or shine, we’ll be on the grounds enjoying all of the best parts of summertime in Vernon P...
08/20/2021

Tomorrow is the big day! Rain or shine, we’ll be on the grounds enjoying all of the best parts of summertime in Vernon Park from 12-8PM. Don’t miss our 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival! We hope to see you there. 🎶

Tomorrow is the big day! Rain or shine, we’ll be on the grounds enjoying all of the best parts of summertime in Vernon Park from 12-8PM. Don’t miss our 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival! We hope to see you there. 🎶

Not only a concert, a book signing as well. Only the Black Writers Museum, “People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival” 2021. Ver...
08/19/2021

Not only a concert, a book signing as well. Only the Black Writers Museum, “People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival” 2021. Vernon Park, 8/21, 12-8pm.

#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philadelphia #Free #Festival #August #InThePark #FredWesley #Lakeside #ItsAllTheWayLive

Not only a concert, a book signing as well. Only the Black Writers Museum, “People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival” 2021. Vernon Park, 8/21, 12-8pm.

#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philadelphia #Free #Festival #August #InThePark #FredWesley #Lakeside #ItsAllTheWayLive

The festival will feature a robust vendor marketplace with COVID-19 health and wellness related resources & education. P...
08/16/2021

The festival will feature a robust vendor marketplace with COVID-19 health and wellness related resources & education.

Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance while enjoying the festivities!

The festival will feature a robust vendor marketplace with COVID-19 health and wellness related resources & education.

Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance while enjoying the festivities!

The People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival will feature a vendor marketplace with health and wellness resources & education. ...
08/16/2021

The People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival will feature a vendor marketplace with health and wellness resources & education. Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance while enjoying the festivities!

The People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival will feature a vendor marketplace with health and wellness resources & education. Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance while enjoying the festivities!

The countdown is on! 5 days until our 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival.   We can’t wait to welcome you all b...
08/16/2021

The countdown is on! 5 days until our 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival. We can’t wait to welcome you all back this Saturday! #PhillyFamilyReunion #VernonPark #BlackWritersMuseum

The countdown is on! 5 days until our 8th Annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival. We can’t wait to welcome you all back this Saturday! #PhillyFamilyReunion #VernonPark #BlackWritersMuseum

Meet us at Vernon Park on Saturday, August 21st from 12-8pm for the official #Philly #Family #Reunion! The Original LAKE...
08/07/2021

Meet us at Vernon Park on Saturday, August 21st from 12-8pm for the official #Philly #Family #Reunion! The Original LAKESIDE opening for the Legendary FRED WESLEY & The New JBs at the #FREE "People's Poetry and Jazz Festival" 2021.
Live Jazz, RnB, Spoken Word, and a Vendor Marketplace will make it a day for the entire family. Culture, Cuisine, Entertainment, and Community Congregation!

SEE you on 8/21…

www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philadelphia #Live #Music #Jazz #RnB #Festival #Family #Culture #Love

Meet us at Vernon Park on Saturday, August 21st from 12-8pm for the official #Philly #Family #Reunion! The Original LAKESIDE opening for the Legendary FRED WESLEY & The New JBs at the #FREE "People's Poetry and Jazz Festival" 2021.
Live Jazz, RnB, Spoken Word, and a Vendor Marketplace will make it a day for the entire family. Culture, Cuisine, Entertainment, and Community Congregation!

SEE you on 8/21…

www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html
https://fb.me/e/HMbt6cay

#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philadelphia #Live #Music #Jazz #RnB #Festival #Family #Culture #Love

Meet us at Vernon Park on Saturday, August 21st for the official #Philly #Family #Reunion! The original LAKESIDE opening...
08/06/2021

Meet us at Vernon Park on Saturday, August 21st for the official #Philly #Family #Reunion! The original LAKESIDE opening for the legendary FRED WESLEY & The new JBs at the #FREE "People's Poetry and Jazz Festival" 2021!

www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html
https://fb.me/e/HMbt6cay

#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philadelphia #Live #Music #Jazz #RnB #Festival #Family #Culture #Love

Meet us at Vernon Park on Saturday, August 21st for the official #Philly #Family #Reunion! The original LAKESIDE opening for the legendary FRED WESLEY & The new JBs at the #FREE "People's Poetry and Jazz Festival" 2021!

www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html
https://fb.me/e/HMbt6cay

#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philadelphia #Live #Music #Jazz #RnB #Festival #Family #Culture #Love

“Repost @stentonmuseum. Today, Stenton staff visited a few of our @historic_germantown partners: @historic_fh, @blackwri...
08/06/2021

“Repost @stentonmuseum. Today, Stenton staff visited a few of our @historic_germantown partners: @historic_fh, @blackwritersmuseum and @lwfmuseum_ It was so nice to visit and see all of the wonderful things these sites are doing. Thank you for having us! #stenton #museum #historicgermantown #tour #history #historicsite”

“Repost @stentonmuseum. Today, Stenton staff visited a few of our @historic_germantown partners: @historic_fh, @blackwritersmuseum and @lwfmuseum_ It was so nice to visit and see all of the wonderful things these sites are doing. Thank you for having us! #stenton #museum #historicgermantown #tour #history #historicsite”

Thank you to ALL of our wonderful sponsors...@cindybassphilly@pecoconnect @enontab@wellsfargo@historic_germantown @uacoa...
08/02/2021

Thank you to ALL of our wonderful sponsors.
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@cindybassphilly
@pecoconnect
@enontab
@wellsfargo
@historic_germantown
@uacoalition
@friendsofvernonpark
@shopritestores
@johnsonhousehs1768
@germantowncdc
#CommunityCollegeOfPhiladelphia

Thank you to ALL of our wonderful sponsors.
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@cindybassphilly
@pecoconnect
@enontab
@wellsfargo
@historic_germantown
@uacoalition
@friendsofvernonpark
@shopritestores
@johnsonhousehs1768
@germantowncdc
#CommunityCollegeOfPhiladelphia

07/19/2021

“It’s all the way live!” Opening for Fred Wesley & The New J.B.s is the The Original LAKESIDE! People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival 2021.

https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html

#VernonPark #PPJF #PhillyFamilyReunion
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#Philadelphia #BlackWritersMuseum #Live #Festival #Free #Concert #FreeEvent #SummerEvents #Vibes #Summer #Philly #Family #Fun #Park #Vaccine

Only at the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival! Multi generational…https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html#PPJF #Peo...
07/17/2021

Only at the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival!
Multi generational…

https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html

#PPJF #PeoplesPoetryandJazzFestival #BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philly #Summer #Philadelphia #Festival #Jazz #LiveMusic #Entertainment #FamilyReunion

Only at the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival!
Multi generational…

https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html

#PPJF #PeoplesPoetryandJazzFestival #BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philly #Summer #Philadelphia #Festival #Jazz #LiveMusic #Entertainment #FamilyReunion

Only at the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival! Multi generational…https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html#PPJF #Peo...
07/16/2021

Only at the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival!
Multi generational…

https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html

#PPJF #PeoplesPoetryandJazzFestival #BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philly #Summer #Philadelphia #Festival #Jazz #LiveMusic #Entertainment #FamilyReunion

Only at the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival!
Multi generational…

https://www.blackwritersmuseum.com/ppjf.html

#PPJF #PeoplesPoetryandJazzFestival #BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philly #Summer #Philadelphia #Festival #Jazz #LiveMusic #Entertainment #FamilyReunion

Talking ‘bout hotter than July?! The Philly Family Reunion. #PPJF #BWM
07/07/2021

Talking ‘bout hotter than July?! The Philly Family Reunion. #PPJF #BWM

Talking ‘bout hotter than July?! The Philly Family Reunion. #PPJF #BWM

Juneteenth Emancipation Day celebration at Eastwoods Park in Austin, Texas on June 19, 1900.•Celebrating Juneteenth! "Ju...
06/20/2021

Juneteenth Emancipation Day celebration at Eastwoods Park in Austin, Texas on June 19, 1900.

Celebrating Juneteenth! "Juneteenth" refers to June 19, 1865, the day that enslaved African Americans in Texas were notified by U.S. Major Gen. Gordon Granger of their freedom.

This was two years after the final Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect January 1, 1863.

Photos courtesy of Austin Public Library.

#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Juneteenth #BlackHistory #Remebrance

Classic Culture is the Black Writers Museum Experience!
06/09/2021

Classic Culture is the Black Writers Museum Experience!

A small assortment of vintage Freedomways Journals held in the Black Writers Museum archives. Freedomways, "A Quarterly ...
04/02/2021

A small assortment of vintage Freedomways Journals held in the Black Writers Museum archives. Freedomways, "A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement," was the leading Black theoretical, political and cultural journal published during the 1960s through 80s. Freedomways was founded by Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, and W.E.B. DuBois, with Shirley Graham DuBois, wife of DuBois, as the first general editor. It featured essays, poetry, reviews, short stories, and artwork by a host of African American writers, artists, and politicians, including Alice Walker, Paul Robeson, Jacob Lawrence, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett. Swipe for a variety of issues!
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Freedomways #Journal #BlackMagazine #Politics #DuBois #60s #70s #80s #BlackArt #Art #BlackArtsMovement #MartinLutherKing #Philly #Philadelphia #Germantown #Writers #BlackAuthors #TheMovement

Good Afternoon Instagram! We’re super excited to share an upcoming virtual event that our Executive Director and Curator...
03/19/2021

Good Afternoon Instagram! We’re super excited to share an upcoming virtual event that our Executive Director and Curator, Supreme Divine-Dow, will be facilitating for Temple University’s Core Futures 2021 week long event. Join us Monday, March 22 from 5-6:30 PM on Zoom for a discussion about Black literature, empowerment, and stories of change. Use the link in our bio to register!

Good Afternoon Instagram! We’re super excited to share an upcoming virtual event that our Executive Director and Curator, Supreme Divine-Dow, will be facilitating for Temple University’s Core Futures 2021 week long event. Join us Monday, March 22 from 5-6:30 PM on Zoom for a discussion about Black literature, empowerment, and stories of change. Use the link in our bio to register!

We are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth and recognizing the endless possibilities for the children in our community. They ...
02/04/2021

We are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth and recognizing the endless possibilities for the children in our community. They are the agents of change!
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Education #Children #OurCommunity #Community #Early #Power #Knowledge #BlackHistory #Teach #Learn #TheyMatter

Celebrating one of the most legendary writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, who was born #OTD...
02/01/2021

Celebrating one of the most legendary writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, who was born #OTD in 1902! Fitting way to start off #BlackHistoryMonth. Swipe for the timeless ‘Still Here’ poem by #LangstonHughes.
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Poetry #Poem #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackWriters #BlackHistory #BlackExcellence #February #Timeless #Classic #IMSTILLHERE

Almost a century ago, in 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson envisioned a week where we take the time to learn about the history...
02/01/2021

Almost a century ago, in 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson envisioned a week where we take the time to learn about the history and culture of Black Americans. This vision evolved into #BlackHistoryMonth, which we begin celebrating today, February 1st.
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“In the schools of business administration Negroes are trained exclusively in the psychology and economics of Wall Street and are, therefore, made to despise the opportunities to run ice wagons, push banana carts, and sell peanuts among their own people.” -The Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter G. Woodson
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #BlackHistoryMonth #CarterGWoodson #BlackHistory #History #Museum #TheMiseducationOfTheNegro #Books #Read #Write #Revolutionary #Paper #Pencil #Philly #Philadelphia #BlackVoices #BlackFigures

Reflecting on the transition of elegance and grace. The incredible legacy of Cicely Tyson is one of power and purpose, i...
01/30/2021

Reflecting on the transition of elegance and grace. The incredible legacy of Cicely Tyson is one of power and purpose, in which we are eternally grateful. We honor and celebrate her life today!

Celebrating activist, author + professor, Dr. Angela Davis, born #OTD in 1944! We’re grateful for the work that’s she’s ...
01/26/2021

Celebrating activist, author + professor, Dr. Angela Davis, born #OTD in 1944! We’re grateful for the work that’s she’s done and is still doing. Today we feature her book, “If They Come in the Morning...Voices of Resistance”

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Y. Davis
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #AngelaDavis #Birthday #Celebration #WomenWriters #Books #Read #Scholar #OTD #WomenToWatch #ThisDay #OurStory #Iconic #Legendary #Revolutionary

Writing is revolutionary, so write your story.....#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Typewriter #Vintage #Writers #Readers...
01/25/2021

Writing is revolutionary, so write your story..
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Typewriter #Vintage #Writers #Readers #BlackWriters #Germantown #Philly #Community #Books #Poetry #Authors #Creators

Black baseball legend, Hall of Famer, Hammering Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greatest players has transitioned at the a...
01/22/2021

Black baseball legend, Hall of Famer, Hammering Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greatest players has transitioned at the age of 86. He started in the Negro Leagues (Indianapolis Clowns), reached over 20 All Star games in the majors and was the first to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Long live #44
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #HankAaron #Baseball #Sports #BlackSport #BabeRuth #Legend #Legendary #Writers #Books #BlackHistory #History

The service that King exemplified was that, of, and for the people. He challenged America to make a choice- Chaos or Com...
01/18/2021

The service that King exemplified was that, of, and for the people. He challenged America to make a choice- Chaos or Community. #MLK
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #DayOfService #MLKDay #CivilRights #BelovedCommunity #CorettaScottKing #Nonviolence #BeLove #Justice #Courage #Freedom #Kujichagulia

Prolific author Walter Mosely was born #OTD in 1952! Most noted for his crime fiction, Mr. Mosely has written under many...
01/12/2021

Prolific author Walter Mosely was born #OTD in 1952! Most noted for his crime fiction, Mr. Mosely has written under many other genres such as, science fiction, non-fiction, and young adult fiction. He has also had 3 books adapted into films.
Books featured..
Down the River Unto the Sea (2018)
Trouble Is What I Do (2020)
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #WalterMosley #Books #Quotes #QuoteOfTheDay #QuotesToLiveBy #Writers #Authors #Birthday #Fiction #BlackWriters #Novel

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of literary genius, Zora Neale Hurston, born #OTD in 1891! A fitting January 2021...
01/07/2021

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of literary genius, Zora Neale Hurston, born #OTD in 1891! A fitting January 2021 quote if ever we saw one, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer" -Zora Neale Hurston from Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #ZoraNealeHurston #TheirEyesWereWatchingGod #Photography #OTD #OnThisDay #TodayinBlackHistory #BlackHistory #2021 #Birthday #Zora #ThatGirl #TheBlueprint #Capricorn

From our view.. #BlackWritersMuseum #AintNothingButAGThang
01/06/2021

From our view.. #BlackWritersMuseum #AintNothingButAGThang

[#Repost @linette]・・・A few snaps from this morning around the neighborhood. It was so quiet especially in Vernon Park, t...
12/21/2020

[#Repost @linette]
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A few snaps from this morning around the neighborhood. It was so quiet especially in Vernon Park, the squirrels weren’t even out!
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #snow #photography #philly #phillyphotographer #germantown #cheltenave #blackwritersmuseum #snowday #streetphotography

On November 30th, we celebrated the life of Gordon Parks. The supremely gifted photographer, film director, musician, st...
12/01/2020

On November 30th, we celebrated the life of Gordon Parks. The supremely gifted photographer, film director, musician, storyteller, and activist was born #OTD in 1912.
“I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.” -Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks, Self-Portrait, 1941.
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#BlackWritersMuseum VernonPark #GordonParks #20thcentury #Photography #Photo #Archives #CivilRightsMovement #LangstonHughes #MilesDavis #Culture #Document #Urban #NewYork #Master

We remember Audre Lorde on the date of her transition. “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we...
11/18/2020

We remember Audre Lorde on the date of her transition. “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.” -Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992)
#AudreLorde in Berlin, 1984. [Photography by Dagmar Schultz]
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Philly #Philadelphia #Germantown #HistoricGermantown #AudreLorde #Black #Poets #Poetry #Writers #BlackWriters #Heroine #Revolutionary #2020

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