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Annual Literati gathering full of intellectual rigor

Bridgit Brown | 9/21/2011, 1:33 p.m.
Darnell Williams (l), president/CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and Mel King attended the annual party of...
Darnell Williams (l), president/CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and Mel King attended the annual party of The Literati Scene with Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon. Williams spoke of the Urban League’s recent convention in Boston and King shared copies of his children’s book “Streets.” Lolita Parker Jr.

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Darnell Williams (l), president/CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and Mel King attended the annual party of The Literati Scene with Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon. Williams spoke of the Urban League’s recent convention in Boston and King shared copies of his children’s book “Streets.”


The annual party of The Literati Scene took place last Wednesday. As usual, it was attended by a diverse group of people and held in the home of Boston arts and cultural scene icons, Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon.

The couple produces “The Literati Scene,” a television show that airs on BNN and covers a number of topics ranging from current events, theater, medicine, politics, books, arts and sciences.

Held in their 1842 Federalist-style brownstone at the flat of Beacon Hill, the party included a number of notable Bostonians, including the venerable Mel King, who shared copies of his children’s book “Streets” with guests.

Marvin E. Gilmore, the CEO of Community Development Corporation of Boston, came to the party, but had to checkout early to attend an awards ceremony at Brandeis University, of which he was the honoree.

Gilmore established the Transitional Year Program at the University, which is a yearlong academic program for students whose life experience exemplifies their potential to succeed in college.

The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts’ Darnell Williams also made an appearance at the merry gathering. Williams was content to share with guest the success of the League’s recent convention that took place here in Boston and brought more than 8,000 people to the city.

“The Literati Scene gathering specifically consists of all of the people that we bring together that we have interviewed on our show,” said Bacon about the party. “They come from all parts of the world, and they all share very different opinions.

“It’s always great to talk to somebody who may not believe exactly what you believe but who will make you defend what you believe and then you find the real truth and you all get together. There were many different points of view here tonight, and it was very exciting.”