First Annual Tom Dent Forum
African American Resource Center
November 13, 1999

Native son Tom Dent was the focus of a forum presented by the New Orleans Public Library's African American Resource Center on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at the Main Library. The Annual Tom Dent Forum will be a living memorial to Dent as a mentor to southern, African American writers. Guest speakers Lolis Edward Elie, Chakula cha Jua and Dr. Henry C. Lacey highlighted Dent's life and work as a civil rights activist, poet, playwright and writer. The event was made possible by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

The African American Resource Center's Errin Levingston opens the Tom Dent Forum.

Local director and playwright Chakula cha Jua.

Audience members at the Tom Dent Forum.

Dr. Henry C. Lacey, Professor of English at Dillard University.

Dr. Millie Charles (Dean of the School of Social Work, Southern University at New Orleans), Attorney Lolis E. Elie, and City Librarian Tiana Williams visit following the Tom Dent Forum.