Lift Every Voice - NCTE

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Lift Every Voice

February 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Celebrate the works of Black American authors with the University of Delaware community. The theme for the sixth annual African American Read-In at UD is “Lift Every Voice,” with an emphasis on African American poetry.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive an email with details on how to join the event via Zoom. You may participate in this virtual celebration however you feel most comfortable: by listening to other readers, by reading the work of African American poets, or by reading your own work.

Featured poets Randall Horton and Yolanda Wisher will give brief readings during the event.

This year’s African American Read-In at UD is also part of “Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters,” a national public humanities initiative of Library of America, presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture along with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. For more, visit our online exhibition Lift Every Voice: Celebrating 250 Years of African American Poetry.



February 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


University of Delaware
181 South College Avenue, Morris Library
Newark, DE 19716 United States
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