Dr. Brenda Green, founder of The Center for Black Literature, joins “In Focus” to discuss voting rights activism.

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn was founded in 2002 to expand, broaden and enrich the public’s knowledge and appreciation of Black literature. CBL convenes writing workshops, panel discussions and conferences.

Greene explained how it’s developed over the years and its focus on voting rights and voting rights activism in the black community. About 57 years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, people continue to see the voting rights of people of color under attack and eroded.

Greene discussed what needs to be done about it. She also honored the late Al Vann, the progressive New York State and city legislator with some four decades of service. Vann undid entrenched electoral practices that long prevented candidates of color from winning elections. Greene talked about Vann’s legacy and how he undid practices like racial gerrymandering and at-large City Council districts.

In October, CBL will celebrate its 20 anniversary on Oct. 20. with a jubilee. Greene explained how those interested can partake in the literature.