The Eleventh National Black Writers Conference will host a post-Conference Center for Black Literature Fundraiser with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

The program will be held at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, located at 695 Park Ave. (at E. 68th Street), New York, N.Y. Smiley and West will discuss their new book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto; this event will be their only New York City appearance to discuss their book.

Smiley and West challenge us to re-examine our assumptions about poverty in America, what it really is and how to eliminate it now. Dr. Greene, Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature, states that, “The Rich and the Rest of Us is a reminder that we have a responsibility to do what we must to eradicate social and economic injustice in our society.”

To purchase tickets in advance, go to and click “Donate.” Online ticketing is administered by the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. Ticket Prices: $35 (includes book); $25 (without book); $30 on-site.

Tavis Smiley currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS; The Tavis Smiley Show; and is a co-host of Smiley and West (PRI). In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored 16 books, including his New York Times best-selling memoir, What I Know for Sure and the book he edited, the #1 New York Times best seller, The Covenant with Black America.

Educator and philosopher Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, is the author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, the New York Times best seller Democracy Matters, and the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He is the author of 17 other texts and the recipient of the American Book Award.

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