Virtual Lecture - Civil Rights and History Through Literary Verse: An Evening of African American Poetry
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7 pm (EST)
Actor, writer, and historian, Annapolis' own, Chris Haley, will read poems by renowned poets such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Phyllis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Audre Lourde. African American literature has existed and flourished throughout our nation's history. In spite of living through often oppressive and racially violent times, people of color penned their stories of love, loss, joy and pain, and the challenge and fight for equality. Haley, a nephew of famed author Alex Haley, will deliver poems which exemplify these themes as penned by some of America's most accomplished Black poets. In an engaging, passionate and heartfelt presentation, he will share these works along with a few he himself has written.
This Virtual Lecture is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
About our Presenter: Chris Haley has written two award-winning scripts, “The Studio,” which focused on the plight of the homeless, and “The Reconciliation Walk for Slavery and Penitence,” which helped win the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. He is the author of two books of poetry—“Obsessions” and the recently released “Until the Right One Comes Along”—as well as a radio play (“The Courtship of Jo and Eddie”), and numerous letters, speeches, and poems that have appeared in a variety of publications. He has also written, produced, and directed two short films that appeared in 2005 at the Greenbelt Utopia Film and Video Festival and the Annapolis Film Festival. A chapbook of short fiction pieces, “But That’s Not Me,” will be published later this year.
As Director of both the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives Research Department and the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, Mr. Christopher E. Haley has served on many prestigious boards in the world of African American genealogy as well as in the Arts.
They include the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation and the Annapolis Film Festival. Chris is well respected as a speaker at numerous venues throughout the United States where he has spoken on themes such as African American history, self-empowerment, and genealogy. He earned his B.A. in English, and Drama minor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He resides in Landover, Maryland.