(Exclusive) Tamron Hall, Marcus Samuelsson, Ralph McDaniels and More to Be Honored During 2024 Black Authors’ Festival at Sag Harbor

By: Miya Jones
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The second annual Black Authors’ Festival at Sag Harbor is welcoming impressive and trailblazing honorees this year, which includes television personalities, entrepreneurs and cultural icons.

The full list of honorees include: Emmy-award winning talk show host and broadcast journalist Tamron Hall, eight-time James Beard award-winning celebrity chef and Restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Hip Hop Pioneer Ralph McDaniels, BKA Uncle Ralph, renowned interior designer and tastemaker, Sheila Bridges, the First Lady of First Corinthians Baptist Church in Harlem, and New York Theological Seminary President, Rev. Dr. Lakeesha WalrondDr. Jennifer Morgan, NYU professor and contributor to Netflix’s recent documentary, “Stamped from the Beginning,” Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky, accomplished professor at Stony Brook University and Entrepreneur and Attorney Joseph Holland.

“Our esteemed honorees illuminate the rich tapestry of Black excellence,” said Co-Founder Verdel Jones. “In honoring them, we celebrate not just their individual achievements, but the limitless potential of Black authors to inspire, empower, and impact the world through their words.”

“The support of our past and current honorees affirm the shared vision and mission of the Black Authors Festival to stamp out American illiteracy especially within the Black community,” said Principal Founder Darlene Williams.

Black author writing st table in park outside

The mission of this nationally recognized event is to not only acknowledge notable authors but to encourage Black authors to pen their own stories. Their goals also include eliminating illiteracy, especially in the African-American community, putting a stop book banning and providing scholarships to young students.

The festival is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor starting at 4 p.m.

For tickets, click here.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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