Library of America, in partnership with South Carolina State University, presents the launch of Lift Every Voice, a nationwide celebration of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The celebration is anchored by the publication of the anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, edited by poet and National Museum of African American History & Culture Director Kevin Young.
The evening theme focuses on Black Identities: Self Assertion & Protection, featuring the Award Winning Poet and Chair in Creative Writing & Southern Letters, Nikky Finney, SC State University's students, Claflin University's students, community guests, and more.
NIKKY FINNEY was born by the sea in South Carolina and raised during the Civil Rights Era. In her full body of poetry and storytelling, she explores the whispers and shouts of sexuality; the invisibility of poverty in a world continually smitten by the rich and the powerful; the graciousness of Black family perseverance; the truth of history; the grace and necessity of memory; as well as the titanic loss of habitat for all things precious and wild.