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Lift Every Voice public programs engage participants in a multifaceted exploration of African American poetry, the perspectives it offers on American history and the struggle for racial justice, and the universality of its imaginative response to the personal experiences of Black Americans over three centuries.
The Initiative Features: 
・ Signature events with Kevin Young and an acclaimed poets and performers in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, and Los Angeles
・ Regional programming in 49 public libraries nationwide
sIGnAtUre EvEnTs:
January 4, 2021 12:00 PM

Welcome to Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan

Historical Exhibition (in-person event)
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January 20, 2021 6:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: A Space to Be

Online event / webinar.
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January 20, 2021 6:30 PM

A Conversation of Hope

Online panel discussion.
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January 23, 2021 10:00 AM

Sight Unseen: Poetics of Black Identity Writing workshop and discussion with Venita Blackburn

Virtual Event
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January 23, 2021 7:00 PM

Angel in the Outhouse: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement by Kathya Alexander

Virtual Event
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January 27, 2021 6:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: Another Voice

Online event / webinar.
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January 28, 2021 7:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: Poetry Slam hosted by Bryan Medina

Virtual Event
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February 1, 2021 9:00 AM

Dial A Poem

Phone-in Service
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February 1, 2021 12:00 PM

Yolanda Franklin exhibition

Art Exhibition (in-person event)
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February 2, 2021 11:00 AM

Writers Be Blockin Workshop

Virtual Event
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February 2, 2021 7:00 PM

Writers Be Blockin Workshop

Virtual Event
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February 3, 2021 1:00 PM

Voices of the Past: A Journey of Identity through Poetry

Virtual Event
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February 3, 2021 6:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: The Gift to Sing

Online event / webinar.
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February 5, 2021 7:00 PM

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Poetry Reading

Virtual Event
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February 11, 2021 3:00 PM

Cooking, Traditions, and Poetry: Celebrating the African American Family

Virtual Event
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February 16, 2021 7:00 PM

Freedmen’s Progress — African American History

Virtual Event
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February 18, 2021 2:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: The Connections between African American Poetry and Music

Virtual Event
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February 20, 2021 2:00 PM

Black Language & Music

Virtual Event
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February 22, 2021 9:00 AM

Virtual Teen Art Gallery

Virtual Event
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February 22, 2021 12:00 PM

TCC African American Read-In

Virtual Event
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February 23, 2021 1:00 PM

Poetry and Civil Rights

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February 24, 2021 3:00 PM

Super Poetry Slam

Virtual Event
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February 24, 2021 7:00 PM

Family and Community Paint Night

Virtual Event
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February 25, 2021 6:00 PM

I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn Through Poetry and Spirituals

Virtual Event
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February 25, 2021 7:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: An Evening with Black Poets-Myra Anderson, Irene Mathieu and Valencia Robin

Zoom Event
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March 9, 2021 7:00 PM

Get Lit: African American Poetry Book Club

Virtual Event
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