Festival Opening & Welcome

9:45 am
2018 Book Fair Ambassador: Mrs. California (Kristi Eddy)
10:00 am
Southern Gospel Choir Performance:
Los Angeles Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America
+ “Just Us” Gospel Troupe
w/ special Tribute to Aretha Louise Franklin
(March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018)
Herman Jones Music Director​
10:40 am
Joyce Madkins Sumbi Emerging Leaders Award
presented by
California Librarian Black Caucus
11:00 am
Conversations with Mrs. California (Kristi Eddy)
(Photo Opts After Talk) 

​Poetry Moments with Poet Morgan Parker
12:00 Noon
“The Great Black Migration & How it changed California”
Presenters: Historian & Writer - Alison Rose Jefferson
Plus, open mic for participants to share family migration stories
Moderator: Author, Political Analyst & Radio Host
Earl Ofari Hutchinson   ​
1:00 pm
New York Best Selling Author
Eric Jerome Dickey in Conversation with
Journalist Gregory J. Huskisson
Wave Newspaper

Afternoon Greeting + Recognition of 2018 Honorees

1:30 pm 
 • Eric Jerome Dickey 
• Gregory Dulan
• Franklin Bell

Author Spotlights

2:00 pm
Recognition of Award Wining Author - Mildred Pitts Walter: Honoree #4

Special Readings of Author Mildred Pitts Walter’s work
3:00 pm
“Southern Cuisine: Yesterday and Today”
Greg Dulan, owner – Dulan’s on Crenshaw
Jeanette Bolden, owner – 27th Street Bakery​

​Pie Tasting Immediately Following Discussion
4:00 pm
Tribute to Down-home Southern Country Blues w/
Bernie Pearl & the Franklin Bell Blues Workshop 
(downstairs on first level) 
5:00 pm
Final Acknowledgements & Thanks!