The UD Library, Museums and Press is one of fifty institutions around the country participating in Lift Every Voice, a nationwide celebration of 250 years of African American poetry. In February, UD Library is hosting a trio of virtual events to engage participants in exploring the African American poetic tradition.
The Lift Every Voice virtual exhibition highlights materials from the UD Library collections and encourages visitors to reflect upon the initiative’s five intersecting themes: The Freedom Struggle, Black Identities (Assertion & Protection), Black Experience in History & Memory, Black Language & Music, and Family & Community.
On February 16, poets Randal Horton and Yolanda Wisher will join readers from the community for the sixth annual African American Read-In. All are invited to celebrate the works of Black American authors by listening to and reading their work.
On February 23, scholar Monet Lewis-Timmons and librarian Aimee Gee will lead a group in reading and discussing selected poems and themes from the Lift Every Voice reader.
These virtual events are free and open to the public. Please visit the Library’s events page for more details and registration information.