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National Black Authors Day Gearing Up for 2nd Annual Celebration

Rochester, New York - National Black Authors Day is gearing up for its 2nd annual celebration on May 4. CaTyra Polland, CEO of Love for Words, created the national holiday to celebrate Black authors, and to combat the misrepresentation and struggles they face in the publishing industry.

"Black authors have contributed invaluable wisdom, stories and perspectives for centuries. Our words have a global impact. This holiday is an opportunity to revere Black authors whose literature has influenced the masses," said Polland. "Black authors are more likely to be rejected for publishing and/or undersold and under-marketed in bookstores; however, despite these challenges, Black authors have persisted, sharing their unique perspectives and experiences with the world." 

National Black Authors Day sheds light on the importance and influence of Black literature. Black authors still face publishing hurdles such as whitewashing, lack of representation or misrepresentation, and high marketing expenses. Fortunately, there have been great strides for Black authors including earned media opportunities that serve as platforms for promotion. The explosion of video and audio podcasts, influencers, blogs and other media mediums has given Black authors well-deserved recognition and visibility. However, there is more work to do.

There are several ways to celebrate National Black Authors Day. Host a virtual book club with your friends or community, share your favorite books by Black authors on social media using the hashtag #NationalBlackAuthorsDay, attend virtual events hosted by Black authors or bookstores, purchase books by Black authors, and donate to organizations that support Black writers and literacy programs. 

By recognizing Black authors, we can create a more inclusive and diverse literary world that accurately reflects the experiences and stories of all communities. 

One such event on National Black Authors Day is Literacy Extravaganza 2024 taking place at The Avenue BlackBox Theatre on May 4 in Rochester. The event will feature a book exchange and sharing corner, and a Black Librarian Panel. This event inspires, entertains, and fosters a love for reading and storytelling in a vibrant and inclusive environment. Bring your enthusiasm and curiosity, and be part of a day dedicated to the joy of literacy. Whether you're a bookworm, a budding writer or simply someone who appreciates the power of a good story, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

For tickets to Literacy Extravaganza 2024, click here



Love for Words is an editing firm that helps self-published authors polish their manuscripts. Their mission is to promote literacy, empower others and reduce the racial-wealth gap in the publishing world. For more information, visit

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