Voices Beyond Bondage

 

A book reading by Erika DeSimone and Fidel Louis, the editors of “Voices Beyond Bondage,” a collection of 150 poems culled from burgeoning black-owned newspapers of the 19th-century.

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Friday, April 8th, 6.30 pm

 

In a society riddled by racial inequity, for many 19th-century African Americans poetry embodied something more than a source of inspiration, a means of education and a conduit for culture and history. Poetry became a safe haven through which they preserved and shared their ideas, cultural knowledge, and heritage.

This poetry slam event, serving all ages, will reveal a mostly unacknowledged 19th-century literary Movement and offers a fresh perspective on African American life and identity from the antebellum and postbellum periods.

The highlighted poems will be handed out and participants will be encouraged to break into groups and discuss before the editors answer questions.

Books are sold at $ 30. Seniors and students pay $ 25.

 

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