An event held over the weekend in Rochester was designed to provide Black authors the opportunity to celebrate their work and embrace how it impacts literacy, diversity and growth in the community.

The President of the Rochester Black Authors Association, Jeanell Coleman-Grimes, said the 7th annual Rochester Black Authors Expo held on Saturday, contributes to the empowerment and amplification of Black authors.

“It gives them a platform,” said Coleman-Grimes. “Prior to us beginning the Expo in 2015, as independent self-published authors, we all realized that there was no platform, there was no opportunity for us to showcase our work. As a result, most of us thought we were the only Black author in Rochester, because we didn’t know there was no way for us to connect with one another.” Learn more