Harlem Book Fair 2004
The African Atlantic Genealogical Society
presented the 2nd Annual Harlem Book Fair on
Long Island, on September 11, 2004, at the
Freeport Recreation Center. The fair was an
awesome success. It was a beautiful day, and a
beautiful assemblage of authors, book sellers,
book lovers, entrepreneurs, entertainers,
purveyors and purchasers. Prior to the opening
of the book fair, a Writers Workshop, was
conducted by author and C.U.N.Y. Distinguished
Professor of English, Elizabeth Nunez. On the
main stage there were three panel discussions,
interspersed with presentations by authors and
spoken word artists. At the Children's Pavilion,
students and authors read and told stories.
Dottie the Clown painted faces, and balloon
sculptor, Jimmy Leo, entertained in mime. There
were people from several states across the
country. The person who traveled furthest was
Melody, from New South Wales, Australia. Long
Island Ducks team-mates Patrick Lennon,
Kimero Bartee, and Jamie Brewington were our
NYS Comptroller's Office for Unclaimed
Funds was there. Checking their database, 88
people found money. We are grateful to Max
Rodriguez, publisher of QBR - Black Book
Review and founder of the Harlem Book Fair, for
the establishment of the Long Island venue. And
special thanks to our financial supporters:
Verizon Foundation, Freeport C.D.A. and Astoria
Dottie the Clown and a tattoo client.
Harlem 125, Master of Ceremonies
of "Zinzi " and,
AAGS, Exec. Dir
of "Net Zero".
Michael Coleman Lowndes (L.I.P.A.), Mayor
William Glacken, Julius O. Pearse (AAGS Pres.)
Author, Alicia T. Henderson, Ph.D
NYS Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper, (2nd left)
and Dorothy Mayers, (far right)
Douglas Mayers, Pres. Freeport-Roosevelt NAACP;
Hon. Roger Corbin; Jack Prophet, Dir. Community
Services-Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs.
Dante Lennon, far right, and friends.
Authors Bea Joyner (r.) and Kamau Kiniun (l).