The League of Women Voters of Sussex County in partnership with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice is proud to present a Black History Month Observation, "A Feast of African American Creativity: Poetry and Prose on Family, Faith and Freedom". The event celebrates the creativity of African American authors.
Poems, music and prose from six major time periods will be read or performed. The time periods span from an early poets time period with works by Harriet Tubman, through a contemporary period poem by Rita Dove.
Works from such famous African-American poets include:
- “On Being Brought from Africa to America”, by Phyllis Wheatley
- Harriet Tubman’s “Goodbye Song”
- “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
- “The Heart of a Woman” by Georgia Douglas Johnson
“Mother to Son,” a Harlem Renaissance poem by Langston Hughes, and works by Mari Evans and others from the Civil Rights Movement period will also be read. From the Modern period, some poems by Maya Angelou and Audre Lord are also among the selections.
In addition to readings, music from James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" will be played and a video will be shown that features the poets, Albert H. Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha reading “Dreams are Illegal” and “Why I Write.”
Time for discussion has been built into the program for the participants to share their reflections on these gems or ask questions about the eras or artists.
An article on this event appeared in the Cape Gazette and can be found here.
It is produced by the Educational Committee of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice. The SDARJ website can be found here.