Malcolm X Weekend Book Festival

MAY 22 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET

The Pittsburgh Branch of ASALH is coming together for
a dynamic Book Festival.
Featuring storytelling and a power-packed
Author Roundtable.
Reflecting on the ASALH 2021 Theme: 
The Black Family—Representation, Identity, and Diversity

& Author Roundtable Hosted by the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Pittsburgh Branch of ASALH
MAY 22
11 AM – 1 PM ET


Special Feature: Gifted Storyteller and Genealogist, Michael Williams, Author of Native Womb: Going Back to the Beginning

Power Packed Author Roundtable

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), an award-winning author, and prolific playwright. She is the executive editor of “The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R).” Professor Browne-Marshall is a syndicated columnist and legal commentator who covers the United States Supreme Court and major cases and provides nation-wide media commentary. Professor Browne-Marshall is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the board of ASALH, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.


Cultivating Change from the Inside Out: The Power of Being Human

Anita D Russell is life coach, speaker, and author who creates safe spaces for difficult conversations. She is the Founder/Principal of the Place to SOAR, a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change through daily growth and personal transformation for the purpose of unleashing human potential. Anita is the Global Business Connector Pennsylvania for Women Speakers Association. She also serves as the Northeast Regional VP for the US Coalition of Black Women Businesses and VP of Media Relations for the Edna B. McKenzie  Pittsburgh Branch of ASALH.


Banished from Johnstown: Racist Backlash in Pennsylvania

Cody McDevitt is an award-winning journalist, author, and historian. He is an investigative reporter based in western Pennsylvania. He has won a Golden Quill and awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors Organization. He co-authored Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife and Bartending Tradition and Banished from Johnstown: Racist Backlash in Pennsylvania. He worked for the Somerset Daily American. His work has appeared in Pittsburgh Quarterly, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Table Magazine, Mt. Lebanon Magazine, and on


Black, Copper, & Bright: The District of Columbia’s Black Civil War Regiment

C.R. Gibbs is the author/co-author of six books and a frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. He has appeared several times on the History Channel, French and Belgian television, and he wrote, researched, and narrated “Sketches In Color,” a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series, “The Civil War” for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station. The Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum features Mr. Gibbs among its scholars at the museum’s Online Academy website. He is also a  D.C. Humanities Council scholar. In 1989, he founded the African History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations at libraries, churches, and other locations in the Washington-Baltimore area.

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