Tulisoma Swahili for "we read", is a community-based festival promoting literacy and the arts in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. Founded in 2003, by the late Leo V. Chaney, Jr., and Dr. Harry Robinson, President and CEO of the African American Museum, the goal of Tulisoma is to create a dynamic event tailored to engage local families, avid readers, aspiring writers and visitors to the city. The Dallas Public Library serves as the lead partner along with many community supporters and sponsors to continue the tradition of celebrating reading and the importance of literacy. Special thanks to former Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis for her years of dedication and continued support of this event.
PETER BAILEY is an acclaimed Journalist, Author, and Lecturer. He was a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), organized in 1964 by Brother Malcolm X. Bailey was editor of the OAAU newsletter, Blacklash. He was one of the last few persons to speak with Brother Malcolm X on the day of his assassination (February 21, 1965) and served as one of the pallbearers at his funeral. more »
S. PEARL SHARP
Published work includes the non-fiction Black Women For Beginners (For Beginners LLC), Uncertain Rituals, an audio book of short fiction, the poetry w/jazz CDs On The Sharp Side and Higher Ground and four volumes of poetry including Typing In The Dark (Harlem River Press). Her essays and commentaries were broadcast on NPR and she's a segment producer with KPFK-FM Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles. more »
MARSHA JONES lives in Dallas, Texas she’s a women’s right activist and co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center. She’s a fellow of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HI University (Science & Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynesdale Theology and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Marsha is a national grassroots organizer, community mobilizer, more »
REV. DR. MICHAEL W. WATERS The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters is founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the fastest-growing A.M.E. Churches in the State. As pastor, preacher, professor, author, motivational speaker and community organizer, Waters' words of hope and empowerment have inspired national and international audiences. more »