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If mention of UDC solicits the response, “Is that place still alive?,” then the university’s Book to the Future: Black Literary Festival and Cyberfair has chosen well its opening speaker, Sonia Sanchez, who writes in her poem “I Have Come Into the City,” “I had come into the city carrying life in my/eyes/amid rumors of death/calling out to everyone who would listen/it is time, to move us all into another century.” Perhaps Sanchez will dispel the rumors of UDC’s demise. In the meantime, the festival will take the word from page to stage and computer monitor with performances by Liani Mataka & Face and Freestyle Union, and a cyberfair featuring the City of New Elam. There is also a literary marketplace, and ongoing film screenings and discussions address such topics as negative images of black children in literature and the life of Audre Lorde. Bring the family into the next millennium from noon-8 p.m. at University of the District of Columbia’s University Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 274-5119. (Ginger Eckert)