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 »
SAUNDRA PEARL SHARP was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Clarence Sharp and Faythe Bell McIntyre Sharp. Graduating from John Adams High School in 1960, Sharp attended Bowling Green State University where she cultivated her voice and hosted a classical music program. Earning her B.S. degree in media production in 1964, Sharp headed for New York City 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 »