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Contact:Benita Dale

(202) 269-6188 (Phone); (202) 269-6444 (Fax)

info@ace-dialogue.org; www.ace-dialogue.org







Presented by Collective Voices in collaboration with

The Alliance for Cultural Enrichment, Inc.(ACE)


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. (Lower level Auditorium, Room A-5), NW, Washington, DC, Saturday, January 17, 2004, 2:30 ’til 5:30 p.m.—Poetry Extravaganza 2004, the 8th annual literary celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be conveyed through the spoken and written word by some of DC’s most powerful, positive, and provocative poets and performers. Collective Voices, the presenter of this annual tribute, is a Washington, DC-based and nationally-recognized sisterhood of poets that address the socially relevant issues and challenges of today with positive words of inspiration. This poetry group, founded in 1996, is comprised of J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford, Sylvia Dianne “Lady Di” Beverly-Patterson, and Billye Okera.


Poetry Extravaganza 2004 will feature readings by Collective Voices and “POET OF DISTINCTION” ELOISE GREENFIELD, a nationally renowned poet and “children’s author”. Washington-area guest poets also scheduled to perform include Gayle Danley, Jeffrey Duarté, Kymone Freeman, Miko, “Black Beauty,” and Jason Reynolds. Come see and hear these dynamic poets as they entertain, inform and uplift you with their words of power and messages of inspiration. This celebration will also feature some of Washington’s finest musicians, including The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, Lorenzo Sands, Sydney March, and others, and vocalist Teri Swinton. Nationally renowned poet, publisher and playwright, Kwame Alexander, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.


“Poetry Extravaganza 2004” is a free-to-the-community event presented by Collective Voices in collaboration with the Alliance for Cultural Enrichment, Inc. Poetry Extravaganza will conclude with a brief reception and book-signing that will take place in an adjoining exhibit hall, during which the public is invited to meet the guest artists and sponsors.


The media can participate in the “Poetry Extravaganza 2004” program by airing audio and video public service announcements. For more information, or to arrange an interview, call the Alliance for Cultural Enrichment, Inc. at (202) 269-6188 or Sistah Joy, Founder of Collective Voices at 202.246.0111.



The Alliance for Cultural Enrichment, Inc. (ACE) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to sponsor a variety of projects for educational, social and cultural growth in the community. One project is publishing its magazine, ACE Dialogue to help broaden the awareness of and appreciation for African-American writers and artists.

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