The Processes and Documentation of Lynching in Lyrics and Poems

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Presented by: Creating Justice and the Chicago Writers Series

When Billie Holiday offered her voice and star power to a poem set to music by English teacher Abel Meeropol, popular culture was made more aware of the allies that music and poetry can be in movements seeking social justice, freedom and equity for African-Americans and other POC. Interdisciplinary artist and educator, avery r. young weaves performances of Strange Fruit and his original composition, emmett [til de remix] with an oral history of the crafting of such poems to discuss the influences of his practice of protest poetics and the means in which racial hate crimes have been archived throughout history in the brave poems and lyrics from artists like Nina Simone and Tobe Nwigwe.

avery r. young - Interdisciplinary artist and educator @avery_r_young is a 3Arts awardee and one of four executives for The Floating Museum. His poetry and prose are featured in several anthologies and periodicals including: Berkeley Poetry Review 49, Poetry Magazine and photographer Cecil McDonald Jr’s In The Company of Black. He is the featured vocalist on floutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and is currently touring with her Black Earth Ensemble and his funk/soul band de deacon board. Young’s latest full length recording tubman. (FPE Records) is the soundtrack to his first collection of poems, neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press).

This event is partially funded by a generous grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation.

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Event Details

Wednesday, April 21,2021
5 p.m.
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