Black Archives hosts evening with two authors: book discussion, poetry, and more

Black Archives of Mid America, Kansas City News Release

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Black Archives of Mid America, Kansas City
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Kansas City, MO 64127

Black Archives hosts evening of poetry and discussions with authors Charlotte Hill O'Neal and Steve Penn

Charlotte Hill O’Neal, aka "Mama C", is an internationally known visual artist, musician, performance artist and poet of more than three decades of experience. Steve Penn, is a former award-winning columnist for the Kansas City Star. The two authors present An Evening With "Mama C" With Special Guest Steve Penn on Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO.

Mama C was born in Kansas City, KS in 1951 and has lived in Tanzania, east Africa, with her husband Pete O’Neal, former Chairman of the Kansas City Chapter Black Panther Party and founder of United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC). Her poetry and performing talents have been showcased on stage, television and radio in many cities in Africa and in America during the annual UAACC Heal the Community Tour. She was selected for the Poetry Africa tour in 2010 that took her to Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Durban. She launched her book of poetry, Warrior Woman of Peace in 2008 and 2016 saw the launch of her latest book of poetry titled Life Slices…A Taste of Magic! 

Penn worked for the Kansas City Star for 31 years, and he's the author of Case For A Pardon: The Pete O'Neal Story. Penn first started speaking to Pete O’Neal in 1987, when he was a reporter. Since then Penn has written extensively on O’Neal’s journey from a fiery militant leader of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panthers to a responsible village elder and owner of a thriving children’s home.

RSVP for the program, and find more information about events at the Black Archives. 

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