Third Annual Tom Dent Forum
Sponsored by the African American Resource Center
November 3, 2001

The African American Resource Center presented its 3rd Annual Tom Dent Forum on Saturday, November 3, 2001.

The Tom Dent Forum is a living memorial to the generous spirit of Mr. Dent's mentorship of southern African-American writers.

Saddi Khali, this year's featured writer, gives background on his poetry during his presentation. The late Tom Dent was Khali's mentor and friend.

The audience listens as Khali performs his works. Storyteller Mama Suma Diarra (left, in black and white) is the poet's grandmother.

Panelist Mona Lisa Saloy, English and Creative Writing professor at Dillard University, provides interpretive and critical perspective on Khali's poetry.

Panelist C. Liegh McInnis, English professor at Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, lends a seasoned review of the poet's work.

Audience member Glenda Moss (standing), a teacher, asks for insight on writing assignments for her students.

Saddi Khali responds to a question from the audience.

Attorney Lolis Elie (front, in brown) makes remarks during the question and answer period.

Following the program, Panelist C. Liegh McInnis, featured writer Saddi Khali, panelist Mona Lisa Saloy and Dr. Henry C. Lacey, independent evaluator for the LEH grant, pause for a photo.

Panelist C. Liegh McInnis (left) and Poet Saddi Khali (right) greet Mrs. Hazel Moore (center), a member of the African American Resource Center's advisory board.

Panelist Mona Lisa Saloy (far left) poses with audience members (from left to right) Meredith McElroy, Nana Anoa Nantambu, and Chakula cha Jua, director of the Chakula cha Jua Theater Company.

This program was funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.