As part of its programming for Black History Month, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosts two separate poetry performances that honor the great literary traditions of African American writers. Both events will take place at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit’s Midtown, and are made possible by the generous support of PNC Bank.
“PNC demonstrates its commitment to diversity through a wide variety of initiatives and programs, including serving as presenting sponsor for these important performances,” said PNC Regional President for Southeast Michigan Ric DeVore. “This program offers a rare opportunity to celebrate the genius of contemporary and legendary African-American poets.”
On Valentine’s Day, Monday February 14 at 7:30 pm, Love and Revolution - a Celebration of the Culture and People We Adore features a duet performance by Ras Baraka and jessica Care moore. The son of revered poet-activists Amina and Imamu Amiri Baraka, Ras Baraka inherited their proud tradition of artistic excellence and community activism. The Newark, New Jersey-based poet, author, community activist, father and educator is the author of Black Girls Learn Love Hard and also serves as a councilman of his hometown. Five-time Night at the Apollo champion jessica Care moore is the author of The Words Don't Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, and a forthcoming book of essays, Literary Apartheid. She has performed her poems and solo theater shows all over the United States, in South Africa, and across Europe. Special musical guests will include Sax Appeal, cellist Cecelia Sharpe and Stevie Soul. A book signing will follow the performances. Tickets for this event are $10 / $7 for museum members, include dessert and a drink, and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 800-838-3006. For more information please visit http://chwmuseum.org/upcoming-events/details/134-love-and-revolution-a-valentines-poetry-performance-
On Sunday February 20 at 4 pm, We Remember You: An Afternoon in the Company of Poetry Masters features Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti and Dr. Sonia Sanchez as they celebrate the voices and verses of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Etheridge Knight, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Zora Neal Hurston and Dudley Randall. Dr. Haki Madhubuti is a master poet, essayist, editor, publisher and founder of Third World Press. A native Detroiter, Dr. Madhubuti has authored 40 titles and, along with seminal forces in literature like Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka, helped launch the Black Literary Arts Movement. He is the founder of the Creative Writing concentration program at Chicago State University and its former chair and distinguished professor before his retirement in 2010. Sonia Sanchez is a poet, activist, mother, and scholar whose work speaks of issues ranging from peace to women's liberation to racial justice. A lifetime activist for social change, Sonia participated in the Black Arts Movement and the Black Arts Repertoire Theater, helped found the first Black studies program in the United States, and has taught many free courses at community venues and prisons. For her outstanding work, Sonia has received both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit http://chwmuseum.org/upcoming-events/details/136-we-remember-you-an-afternoon-of-poetry-from-haki-madhubuti-a-sonia-sanchez
Founded in 1965 and located in Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit http://www.chwmuseum.org.