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Lift Every Voice + Smith Library Webinar Pt II
On November 18, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, spoken artist, Michael D. McCarty, will conduct a second 1.5-hour reading and discussion of the “Hollywood” scene that is depicted in Danez Smith’s “dinosaurs in the hood” to further explore traditional depictions, universal themes and uniqueness of African American experiences.

This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. To learn more about the Lift Every Voice programs visit: https://www.africanamericanpoetry.org/

Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Michael D. McCarty
A spoken artist, Black Panther, Army veteran, and healthy-lifestyle advocate
Michael D. McCarty has been telling stories for almost three decades. Michael’s multicultural stories reveal the struggles, joys, triumphs and beauty of African and African-American history and culture, urban legends, international folk tales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories, and stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life, in order to inform, educate, inspire and amuse communities at schools, libraries, and prisons. Michael’s energetic and enthusiastic style gives him a distinct advantage in storytelling curriculums, bringing storybooks to life, performing tales, and conducting workshops, in order to pass down cultural beliefs, traditions, and history to future generations. Michael’s stories reach the core of all that makes us human, and they testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit: by sharing experiences, new relationships are forged that connect cultures and generations in a community.