The Last Poets
Monday, February 22, 7p
Lehman College scholar Hank Williams in conversation with The Last Poets: Abiodun Oyewole, Umar bin Hassan, and Felipe Luciano along with Woodie King Jr, former head of the New Federal Theater and producer of albums featuring two different iterations of The Last Poets in the early 70s.
The Last Poets are several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement's black nationalism. The name is taken from a poem by the South African revolutionary poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, who believed he was in the last era of poetry before guns would take over.
Presented by Lehman College, the Lehman College Library, Lift Every Voice, One Book One Bronx, Literary Freedom Project, CUNY Center for the Humanities.
Lift Every Voice is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective and is presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund. Lift Every Voice, a year-long, nationwide celebration of the 250-year tradition of African American poetry. With signature events in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Kansas City; readings, performances, and moderated conversations at public libraries around the country. Public events coincide with the publication of the companion anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young.