The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Manhattan Chapter, recently held a night of poetry in honor of the late great Maya Angelou, who was a member of the organization.
For the event titled Poetic Justice, Author and Activist asha bandele was presented with the Phenomenal Woman of the Year award. bandele has published two collections of poetry, two memoirs, including the best-selling The Prisoner’s Wife (Scriber, 1999); and the award-winning 2003 novel, Daughter (Scribner), about the impact of police brutality on one family. The former Essence Magazine editor now serves as the senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization working to end America’s war on drugs.
“Mother, Mentor, Artist, Activist, Asha Bandele does it all,” said Alexis Posey, a member of the Coalition. “The National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Manhattan Chapter honors Ms. Asha Bandele because of her unwavering commitment to uplifting Black Women and the communities in which we lead.”
Performances for the night were given by poets Purple Haze and Toni Blackman.
Click through the gallery above to check out photos from the event.