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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Poetry Reading

February 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

African American Poetry: 250 years of struggle and song. Kevin Young, Editor. A library of America anthology.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7199993
You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.

Celebrate the legacy of African American literature with a poetry reading of selected poems from the newly published anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song read by local poets Shovia Muchirawehondo, Ruth Kirton, Lois Holub and Taylor Stafford.  This will be a call out to our community to raise up and honor these voices.

Dr. Bill Lyne, coordinator of African American Studies at Western Washington University, moderates a discussion on African American literature that invites us to rise up and honor these voice.  Made possible by a Lift Every Voice Grant.


About Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice is a year-long, nationwide celebration of the 250-year tradition of African American poetry. With signature events in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Kansas City; readings, performances, and moderated conversations at public libraries around the country; and a revelatory new anthology edited by Kevin Young, Lift Every Voice aims to highlight the richness and diversity of African American poetic imagination and its central place in American poetry.

Lift Every Voice is directed by Library of America in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and with libraries, arts organizations, and bookstores in all 50 states. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. For more information, including a downloadable discussion guide, visit africanamericanpoetry.org.


February 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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