Who we Be...
The Universal Africana Literary Arts Movement & Expo is an independent grassroots event aimed at highlighting and promoting the endeavors of African descendants in the various fields and industry of literature; from authorship, to publishing, to distribution. Originally created to combat the lack of media access in the city of Richmond, the idea for the (Movement) was planted in the fall of 2008. Our very first event was held on April 19, 2008 (then known as the Black CapaCity Literary Arts Festival), and was quite successful our first time out. We are also supported by the local chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).
No longer shall we be regulated to a small section of a mainstream bookstore; we have our own. No longer should we be relegated only to the genres of Urban Lit and Erotica; we are so much more than that. No longer should our children have to look up to characters that don't reflect them in comic books and children's books; we've created our own. No longer should we have to sift through magazines that don't reflect our culture or lifestyles; we've created our own!
We have a continuous Mailing List where we regularly send out e-blasts about current events, and upcoming festivals/conventions/book fairs around the country. If you would like to be added, please send us a private message with your contact information, and you will be added to the list.