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Lift Every Voice + Smith Library Webinar Pt I
On October 21, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, spoken artist, Michael D. McCarty will guide a 1.5-hour reading and discussion on “Ode to Herb Kent” (2015), written by poet and R&B singer Jamila Woods. The poem reflects on Herb Kent, “the longest-running DJ in the history of radio" and is set in Chicago where our webinar speaker, Mr. McCarty, was born and raised. Register today to join!

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. The WCUI Smith Library was 1 of only 50 institutions around the country chosen to participate in the 'Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters’ grant. The program is dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition and how it can inform us about American history, our national identity, and how we can build on the work of earlier generations to improve our world today.

To learn more about the Lift Every Voice programs visit: https://www.africanamericanpoetry.org/

Oct 21, 2020 01:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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