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Howard University’s Department of English Hosts 12th Annual Heart’s Day Conference

Howard University’s Department of English
Hosts 12th Annual Heart’s Day Conference
In Honor of Ishmael Reed

Washington, D.C., February 8, 2006 - The Department of English at Howard University will host the 12th annual Heart’s Day conference honoring writer Dr. Ishmael Reed on Feb. 10, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Armour J. Blackburn Center.  Called “the Charlie Parker of American fiction” by jazz drummer Max Roach, Reed is a well known essayist, poet, and novelist.  Among his most famous works are The Free-Lance Pallbearers, Mumbo-Jumbo, and The Last Days of Louisiana Red.

Following the conference, a reception will be held at Cramton Auditorium at 7 p.m. in recognition of Reed, followed by a star-studded tribute at the Ira Aldridge Theatre from 8-10 p.m.  The conference is free and open to the public while proceeds from the evening tribute are earmarked to support the English Department’s effort to complete funding for the Sterling A. Brown Endowed Chair.

Heart’s Day is an annual national conference dedicated to the discussion of satirical, ironic, and comedic literary work produced by African American authors from the 19th century through the hip-hop movement.  It is celebrated in memory of the founder of the English Department, Sterling A. Brown.

Brown, a native of Washington, D.C. is recognized as one of the most influential figures in African American literature for his role in the development of African American folklore genre.  During his 60-year tenure at Howard, the author, critic, and professor, taught future literary leaders including Toni Morrison, Ossie Davis, and Amiri Baraka.

For more information about Heart’s Day 2006, contact the Department of English at Howard University at 202-806-6730.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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