Examples of Our Work

Poetry written by 3rd Grade Class – City View Community School Spirited Minds and Strong Souls Singing City View Community School https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=YyAC1D9-2hE&feature=youtu.be

Board Members

Board of Directors Roxanne Givens President Herman J. Milligan, Jr., Ph.D Acting Executive Director, Chair of the Board of Directors Managing Partner, The Fulton Group, LLC Stanley Jackson Vice Chair Director, Stanley Jackson Consulting Jerry Wilson Treasurer Owner and Publisher, Verona Publishing Charlie Shafer Attorney, Chestnut Cambronne PA Advisory Board Margaret HasseJosie JohnsonCarol Meshbesher National […]

Our Donors

A broad base of support from our community is vital to our success and any and every gift is valued at The Givens Foundation for African American Literature. The contributions of these donors to build a world where the Black experience and communities of color are central to the sharing of story in all its […]

Corporate Support

Corporate support is vital to The Givens Foundation’s efforts to advance cultural understanding and learning through programs that inspire a passion for African American literature and writers. There are a variety of ways for corporations to support the Givens Foundation, whether you become a Corporate Partner, or sponsor a public program or event, or match […]


The Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program engages Black writers from diverse genres in a six-month program that promotes the “writing life,” hones literary craft, and supports the production of new works by the participating writers. This initiative is on hiatus until we can secure additional funding for this vibrant and much-needed program. Please consider becoming a […]

Black Market Reads

Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs.  PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature HOST: Lissa Jones, creator of Urban Agenda on KMOJ FM (89.9) PRODUCTION SERVICES: iDream.tv is The Foundation’s media partner, providing technical support that produces the program. Enjoy all the Black Market Reads […]

Accessibility Statement

Accessibility at The Givens FoundationThe Givens Foundation for African American Literature is committed to making its programs accessible to everyone in the cultural community. Please contact the Givens Foundation at admin@givens.org for more information or to discuss accommodations you may need. Screen ReadersThe Givens Foundations website is designed in compliance with ADA accessibility guidelines. Applications […]

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N MEMORIAM (Nothando Zulu)

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Givens Foundation for African American Literature. It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Nothando Zulu, a beloved member of our community. Nothando was not only a Community Mother and a Master Storyteller, a Co-Founder and President of the Black Storytellers Alliance, she was […]