Library of America, in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, presents Lift Every Voice, a nationwide celebration of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition.

COMING FALL 2020: African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, a definitive new Library of America anthology edited by poet and Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young.

2020–2021: Free public events in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Kansas City,
and at public institutions around the country. Watch this space for details.

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COMING SUMMER 2020: A multimedia website where you can read, watch, listen, and learn about poets you know—and discover many you don’t.

Library of America is a nonprofit organization that champions the nation’s cultural heritage by publishing America’s greatest writing in authoritative new editions and providing resources and public programming enabling people to explore this rich, living legacy.

Lift Every Voice is directed by Library of America in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Academy of American Poets, the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP), and public libraries, arts organizations, and bookstores in all fifty states. Major funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.

Image of Pauli Murray courtesy of Carolina Digital Library and Archives. Gil-Scott Heron photo © Adam Turner.

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