EventsLift Every Voice: African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song

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Lift Every Voice: African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Chicago Public Library partners with Library of America, American Writers Museum and The Poetry Foundation to celebrate the publication of African American Poetry: 250 Years Of Struggle & Song, a definitive new anthology edited by poet and Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young

When the world as we know it is disrupted in so many ways, the power of the arts is a balm in Gilead. While we can't be together in person, we invited a few of our favorite voices to bring powerful poems from the new anthology to life. Kevin Young, Billy Branch, Pemon Rami, Roy Kinsey, Avery R. Young, Emily Hooper Lansana and Eve L. Ewing are part of the lineup; they sent us their heartfelt readings to create an intimate evening of words and music. Christine Whack's special rendition of a musical classic is a surprise treat not to be missed. Lift Every Voice Chicago is curated by Sylvia Ewing

Lift Every Voice is directed by Library of America in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Academy of American Poets, the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and public libraries, arts organizations and bookstores in all 50 states. Major funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Emerson Collective.

Library of America is a nonprofit organization that champions the nation’s cultural heritage by publishing America’s greatest writing in authoritative new editions and providing resources and public programming enabling people to explore this rich, living legacy.

How to Attend

This event takes place live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later as well. We invite you to share your reflections in the chat during the program - just sign in with your YouTube or Facebook account.


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