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Black History Month Exhibit- Lift Every Voice: African American Poetry from Colonial Times to Today
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Saturday, February 24, 2018
On display in each room of the Trent House Museum are selected poems focusing on the experience and legacy of slavery in America colonial times to the present with brief information about the poet and the historical context for the poem. Featured poets range from Phillis Wheatley, a woman taken into slavery as a child who become a celebrated published poet in the 1700s while remaining enslaved in the household of a Boston merchant, to contemporary poet Terrance Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book award for Poetry.
On February 25 at 4 pm, the exhibit culminates in an illustrated talk by Dr. Cassandra Jackson, on African American poetry from Colonial times to the present day.
Cassandra Jackson is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Grounds for Sculpture. She is also Professor of English at The College of New Jersey. She received a B.A. in English from Spelman College and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests focus on African-American literature, critical race theory, and visual culture. She is the author of Barriers Between Us: Interracial Sex in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Indiana University Press) and Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body (Routledge). Professor Jackson is an alumna of the OpEd Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the number of women and minority thought leaders in key commentary forums. Her public commentary on race in American culture can be found on the Huffington Post.
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