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Beat, Blues, Black, and Legacy: The Life and Work of Amiri Baraka 

Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7PM | at Gelman Library of the George Washington University

Join us for an evening of poetry and remembrances of the life and work of Amiri Baraka hosted by GW Libraries and DCLA. The event is free and open to the public and will feature an exhibition of archival materials including an original advanced proof of Baraka’s Blues People: Negro Music in White America from the E. Ethelbert Miller papersWe invite you to come together in community to listen to Baraka’s art and hear from writers influenced by him, including special guests E. Ethelbert Miller, James Counts Early, David Hugo Barrett, jonetta rose barras, and Kenneth Carroll.

A Febrary 16, 2023 article in the New York Times about the 60th anniversary of Amiri Baraka’s seminal work Blues People: Negro Music in White America, inspired DC poet E. Ethelbert Miller to organize this event in partnership with the GW Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center and DCLA.

This is an in-person event at George Washington University’s Gelman Library and will be held in the Labor History Research Center (7th floor) on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7PM.  Doors open at 6:30PM.

Gelman Library is located at 2130 H Street NW Washington, DC 20052.

All attendees are required to register online here: 

Note: Non-GW guests will be asked to show photo ID at the entrance to Gelman Library.

Mailing Address:
DC Library Association
 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
 Unit #: 1653
Washington, DC 20013
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