NJ Center for the Book Bestows Literary Landmark on T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center on March 23, 2024

From: "Sharon Rawlins srawlins@njstatelib.org [NJYAC]" ...@njstatelib.org>
Subject: NJ Center for the Book Bestows Literary Landmark on T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center on March 23, 2024
Date: March 14th 2024



Just sharing this in case you might be interested. T. Thomas Fortune is a character in the HBO series The Gilded Age. ~Sharon




The New Jersey Center for the Book Will Present Its Literary Landmark Award to the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank, New Jersey

The New Jersey Center for the Book (NJCB), an affiliate of the United States Library of Congress, will bestow its coveted Literary Landmark Award upon the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank, New Jersey on Saturday, March 23, 2024. The ceremony will commence at 1:30 PM and will run concurrent with a second event called ‘The Black Press Expanding Exhibit: Shaping Black Identity and Black Influence’. Attendees on behalf of the NJCB will include its chairman, New Jersey author Wil Mara, as well as its vice chair, Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist at the New Jersey State Library.


The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center recognizes and continues the work of Timothy Thomas Fortune, an American orator, civil rights leader, journalist, writer, editor and publisher. He was the editor of the nation’s leading black newspaper The New York Age and the leading economist in the black community. He was also a long-time adviser to Booker T. Washington as well as the editor for Washington’s first autobiography, The Story of My Life and Work. Fortune’s philosophy of militant agitation on behalf of the rights of black people laid one of the foundations of the modern Civil Rights Movement.


The New Jersey Center for the Book’s Literary Landmark Award designates places or monuments across the state that represent New Jersey’s literary, scientific, or artistic heritage and legacy. Previous recipients include the Newark Public Library, the Walt Whitman House, and the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies.


Following a brief speech by the NJCB Chair, a plaque will be presented to commemorate the occasion, and light refreshments will be served. To learn more about the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, please visit https://www.tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org/. For more about the New Jersey Center for the Book, visit https://njcenterforthebook.org/






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Youth Services Specialist

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New Jersey State Library

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