In this session, Matt Sandler will introduce the role of poetry in abolitionist organizing and Black community-building. Contemporary poets LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and t'ai freedom ford will perform the work of nineteenth-century Black poet-activists like Frances Harper and James Monroe Whitfield, who understood their work as integral to the process of Black liberation and community-building. The poets and the session leader will then discuss the ramifications of the history of slavery and abolition in contemporary art and activist practice.

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