Earlier this year, 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 Lift Every Voice grant is a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The focus is to provide a voice and discover what African American poetry can tell us about American history, our national identity, and how we can build on the work of earlier generations to improve our world today. Representing Los Angeles, WCUI joins New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, and public institutions around the country in offering two free public events.
The first of the two sponsored events will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm PST, in a live Zoom webinar. In part one, spoken artist, Michael D. McCarty will guide a 1.5-hour reading and discussion “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 join!
Register here and join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 pm PST: https://wcui.zoom.us/webinar/register/5015984792590/WN_rcJ9OFd1Ssyul1Mb9XNc6Q
The Lift Every Voice program will stimulate discussion about family and community service to stress the importance of volunteering in communities and its subsequent benefits. The event is complimentary and open to the public and all WCUI campuses, students, staff, faculty, and friends so please feel free to share with others who may be interested!
Meet the Speaker: Michael D. McCarty
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. We are thrilled to have him lead this program alongside the WCUI Smith Library and hope to see you there!
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/
Stay tuned for information about Part Two of the Lift Every Voice program at WCUI on Wednesday, November 18th! For questions about the event, please email email@example.com