Henderson Library to host African-American poetry night

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  • The Zach S. Henderson Library will be hosting a poetry night as a tribute to inspiring African-American poets, as well as to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Shiann Sivell

The Zach S. Henderson Library is set to host “Behold, Here Cometh the Dreamer: An Evening of African-American Poetry” at the Averitt Center’s Whitaker Black Box Theater on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of the Averitt Center’s African Heritage Series and will feature author Lindamichelle Baron, education professor Meca Williams-Johnson and attorney Francys Johnson as guest speakers, as well as several local artists, said Rahun Hutcheson, Averitt Center development director.

The poets will incorporate music and spoken word into their performances as tributes to inspiring poets, including Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou and Jill Scott, as well as to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., said Theater Director Mical Whitaker.

Sign language interpreters will be present to assist the hearing-impaired and a reception will be held afterward for all attendees.

Ticket prices for the event are $12 for adults and $8 for youth, while box seats will be $14 for adults and $10 for youth.

For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact the Averitt Center at 912-212-2787 or visit their website.