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January 2021

Poetry Reading with Robert Lashley

January 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Robert Lashley

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219200 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Join us for an evening of poetry with local poet, Robert Lashley. As part of a Northwest population with people from the deep South and a survivor of the Hilltop gang wars of the early 90's, Lashley's poetry makes sense of the multitude of voices that have surrounded him over the years. His passion joins high…

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Angel in the Outhouse: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement by Kathya Alexander

January 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Kathya Alexander

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7190881 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Through stories based on her own experience growing up in the segregated south, award winning Seattle storyteller Kathya Alexander makes this time in history come alive. Join her for an evening of stories that explores the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Mandy, a 12-year-old "colored" girl. Made possible through a Lift Every Voice Grant.…

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Let’s Talk About Race with author and professor Clyde Ford

January 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Clyde Ford

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219175 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.   With warmth and openness, author and professor Clyde Ford leads a discussion on race in modern-day America with emphasis on audience participation. Meant for people of all races, participants will gain tools to engage in honest, transparent and meaningful conversations about race. Though ambitious, this talk aims to make a difference in bridging and healing…

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February 2021

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

February 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
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.   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…

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Technology and Social Justice with Clyde Ford

February 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Clyde Ford

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219209 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Author, scholar, and activist Clyde Ford shows how the issues his father faced as the first black software engineer in America are present in high-tech today, and what concerned citizens must do to advocate for human and civil rights in the modern technological age.  

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I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn Through Poetry and Spirituals

February 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Gloria Burgess

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219213 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. What connections, what traditions could help people cope with being forcibly transported from one continent to another? The literary and artistic forms of spirituals and poetry not only tied communities together socially and artistically during slavery, but also continue to enrich the multicultural fabric of our state today through the work of contemporary African-American poets, musicians…

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