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The People's Poetry
and Jazz Festival


PPJF 2017

One of Philadelphia’s premier summer festivals, the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival (PPJF) 2017 celebrates its 5th anniversary.

The PPJF 2017 promises to be just as phenomenal! 

Philadelphia’s own Pieces of a Dream will headline this year with a guest performance by Dexter Wansel. On Saturday August 19, 2017 Vernon Park will once again move to the sounds of Philly Jazz, like no other! Known for hits like Mt Airy Groove, Philly High and Keep Rising to the Top, “Pieces of a Dream” is celebrating it’s 40th year playing smooth jazz and making history.

Spoken Word, African Dance and Drumming, and Vendors of all types with delicious food, clothes, jewelry, art and more will fill the park with a diverse gathering from across the Delaware Valley. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a day with great people, great food and great music! Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.



The Black Writers Museum receives the Barbara Daniel-Cox Collection.

The estate of the late Barbara Daniel-Cox, a “Founding Friend” and board member of the BWM, has gifted a treasure of books, art, African carvings and recordings collected by advocate and Philadelphia community icon, Barbara Daniel-Cox. As an expansive contribution to the BWM archives, the Bdc Collection captures the African American experience in civil rights, Black music, African cultural arts, and the Black contemporary aesthetic.



Yale professor and sociologist Elijah Anderson holds a discussion group with University of Pennsylvania graduate students at the Black Writers Museum. Professor Anderson is a “Founding Friend” of the BWM and attended our grand opening in 2010. (more)



Supreme Dow releases his new book, "Quiet Screams"

A riveting collection of poetry by Supreme Dow. Click HERE for more information and how to order.



Black Classic Book Club

In collaboration with the Johnson House Historic Site, the BWM hosts the Black Classic Book Club that meets the first Friday of every month. To join or get more information regarding meeting site call 267.297.3078, or email, info@blackwritersmuseum.com.

Welcome to The Black Writers Museum!

Black Writers Museum

The Black Writers Museum (BWM) is housed at the historic Vernon House in the middle of the beautiful Vernon Park, and sits along a corridor of a series of Philadelphia's National Landmarks in historic Germantown. As the only museum of its kind in America, the BWM provides exhibits of classic and ... (continue)


Black Writer's Museum Inherits Rare Finds

Samaria Bailey Tribune Correspondent Jul 6, 2016

Supreme receiving donation

Supreme Dow, left, Black Writers Museum Founder, is pictured here with the Phillips family. (Tribune Photo)

The Black Writers Museum inherited a collection of 300 African-American history and literature books from the estate of the late history professor and social justice advocate Anne E. Phillips on July 1.

Phillips was an American history professor who taught at Rowan University and lived in Chestnut Hill. She recently passed away from cancer and left the collection as a gift to the museum.

"I'm totally honored to accept the gift and I think it will provide a great resource for anyone who wants to do research and or read about Civil Rights, social justice and the working class in America," said Supreme Dow, founder of the Black Writers Museum.

The donation comes as a full circle moment for Dow, who was a student of Phillips at Henry Elementary School when he was in the fifth grade. Dow said Phillips, who was white, was a rare grade school teacher who focused on the importance of Black literature and history. She was also an advocate, having been raised by a Pittsburgh coal miner, he said, who grew close to his own activist family.

"She, other than my parents, was instrumental in my study of Black history and encouraged the reading of Black literature," said Dow. "She had a really strong impact on my study of Black literature. And she took to me and my family. It was interesting because she was a white woman from Pittsburgh."

He added that, as a professor, "[Phillips] had a really radical perspective on how people of color in America were treated and I can only imagine that it went into when she taught her courses."

The books Phillips donated range from decades old copies of Claude McKay poetry, to studies of Black history and life, such as "Civil Rights Since 1787" edited by Jonathan Birnbaum and Clarence Taylor; "Going Down Jericho Road," by Michael K. Honey; and Bell Hooks' "Salvation".

Phillips' brother and sister organized the book donation and visited the museum for a brief tour on July 1. Also involved in human and social services, they said it was only natural that Professor Phillips gift the books to the museum.

"To me it feels as though this is a part of my sister that will continue to live on and be an influence of people of any [demographic]," said Mary Jane Phillips, sister of Professor Phillips. "I know she would be so proud seeing this here."
George Phillips, Professor Phillips' brother, shared a similar view.

"My sister was a very passionate woman who dedicated herself to being an educator. For her books and her work to inform other people and learn about the world...I feel wonderful."

During their visit, the Phillips also discussed donating Professor Phillips' papers and other studies from her scholar and professorship.

The Phillips' gift will complement thousands of other works at the museum that include letters from the desk of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; original copies of the Ku Klux Klan newspaper; and first and signed editions of Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black author to win a Pulitzer Prize.


RareBooksKenteThe Black Writers Museum collects, and is a repository for first edition and rare books, historic documents, photographs, manuscripts, vinyl recordings, artifacts, newspapers, magazines, family histories, and “all things literary” by and about the Black experience.

Askia Toure