Noted Writer and Advocate to Receive MMC Honorary Degree

Marymount Manhattan College will bestow an honorary degree on the acclaimed writer and advocate Mahogany L. Browne at its 2024 Commencement ceremony on May 20.

Browne, a Kennedy Center’s Next 50 fellow, is a writer, playwright, organizer, and educator. She has received fellowships from All Arts, Arts for Justice, Air Serenbe, Baldwin for the Arts, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, Rauschenberg, and Wesleyan University. Browne’s books include Vinyl Moon, Chlorine Sky (optioned for Steppenwolf Theater), Black Girl Magic, and banned books Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice and Woke Baby. Founder of the diverse lit initiative Woke Baby Book Fair, Browne currently tours Chrome Valley (highlighted in Publishers Weekly and The New York Times) and is the 2024 Paterson Poetry Prize winner.

She is the inaugural poet-in-residence at the Lincoln Center and works on her first adult fiction in Brooklyn.

MMC has a proud history of awarding writers honorary doctorates. Past recipients include Grace Paley, Chinua Achebe, and Tracy K. Smith.

Commencement will take place at the historic United Palace Theatre. Read more about MMC’s 2024 commencement.

Published: March 28, 2024