Lift Every Voice: African American Poetry and the Freedom Struggle

Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. online
Join us for an online discussion about African American poetry, the freedom struggle, and their role in current events led by Dr. Treasure Shields Redmond. Dr. Redmond is a published poet whose doctoral research focuses on the recorded performances of foundational Black Women poets, and the ways they deployed sound to impact the canon and justice movements. This discussion will center around the three poems found in "The Freedom Struggle" chapter of the Lift Every Voice Project Reader. Are you inspired by these poems? You may email Dr. Redmond your artistic response (e.g. a poem, a painting, a video, etc.), which will also fuel the discussion. Email for information on joining the Zoom discussion.

This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition.

Lift Every Voice is an initiative presented by Library of America in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, The National Book Foundation, The Poetry Foundation, Poetry Society of America, and Poets House. This program has been made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.