Playwright, Novelist to Give Black Heritage Festival Lecture

Pearl Cleage
Pearl Cleage

Atlanta-based author Pearl Cleage will make two appearances Feb. 4 in conjunction with the 22nd annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF).

Cleage, whose work has won commercial acceptance and critical praise in several genres, will conduct a student forum at Savannah State University in the King-Frazier Student Center ballroom beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a book-signing session. Her campus appearance is presented in part by the SSU Center for Leadership Lecture Series.

At 7 p.m., Cleage will deliver the festival’s annual W.W. Law Lecture at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, located at 121 Barnard St. The lecture, and book-signing that will follow, is presented in part by the Telfair Museums and the Savannah Book Festival.

A multi-faceted talent, Cleage is widely regarded for her dramatic works, including “Flyin’ West” and “Blues for an Alabama Sky.” Her first novel, “What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day,” was an Oprah Book Club selection in 1998, a New York Times bestseller for nine weeks and a Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award winner.

Cleage speaks with honesty and creativity, blending truth and humor to fully charm audiences. The annual W.W. Law Lecture is part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to honor Law’s legacy as a civil rights activist and his diligent dedication to improving and preserving the Savannah community and its history. Law passed away on July 29, 2002. “Our Culture is Our Journey” is the theme of the 2011 festival, which is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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