The host Yaa Gyasi has won many awards and her latest book is Transcendent Kingdom.
From Broadway and television - Anika Noni Rose read an excerpt from Jazz. Lovely read and she has such soulful eyes.
Another theater and TV award winner - Brandon J. Dirden read from Sula - quite touching and descriptive
My favorite of the evening was a stand alone piece called The Dancing Mind. Joe Morton (he was Rowan- Olivia Pope's Dad on Scandal) has a voice that could just read the phone book to me. This Emmy award winner, Tony nominated actor is powerful.
The finale was an except from Sweetness done by Charlayne Woodard - two time Obie winner and more.
Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was a Pulitzer Prize winning author (Beloved), and powerful writer through the years. Name any top writing honor and she earned it, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. Class act, commanding speaker, and activist. Her writing has made us all think through the years, as she strove to bring the black experience to the written page.
I thank the DMA for this hour long program. It was well executed. Yes, it's more fun live with audience reaction, but virtual is better than nothing and worth the $20 ticket.