Poems by Latimer and Fellow African Americans in 1800-1900s

Last Friday evening’s event, 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, was thoroughly enjoyed by a group of poetry aficionados. The intimate atmosphere in the tinkering lab space of Lewis Latimer’s House allowed for heartfelt readings by Erica and Fidel and was followed by compassionate discussions. Participants left inspired after a lively evening of poetry, deep listening and dialogue.


Some bear their load with troubled brow;
Some wear a smiling face,
As tho’ no care within their hearts
Could find a resting place.

By Lewis H. Latimer [New York, New York]
The New York Age, September 20, 1890
Voices, p. 180


Erica DeSimone and Fidel Louis

A Captivated Audience in Lewis Latimer’s Tinkering Lab

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