WWBA is pleased to present
a programming series focusing on African American Voices of Democracy.

This series includes events both virtual and in-person at the Birthplace in Huntington, NY. We are honored to host writers, musicians, and historians as they present creative works and ideas inspired by personal encounters and a rich legacy.

 Program Schedule


Intersection of Jazz and Free Verse Poetry
Wednesday, March 31, 2022
6:00-8:00 PM EST online

WWBA collaborates with The John and Alice Coltrane Home to present a night of discussion and creative works. Presenters and performers include WWBA’s Executive Director Cynthia Shor, WWBA’s Writer-in-Residence George Wallace, Coltrane Home Executive Director Kathleen Hennessey, jazz poet E. J. Antonio, and hip hop Jazz musician Dudley Music.

This event has a $5.00 suggested donation: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

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Sponsored by The Joel Foundation

WWBA’s Poet In Residence: Natasha Trethewey
Saturday, May 14, 2022
3:30-5:00 PM Discussion
6:00-7:00 PM Reading

WWBA is delighted to share the distinguished voice of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Natasha Trethewey. She was appointed United Stated Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2013.In her second term as United States Poet Laureate, Trethewey’s signature proj

ect was a PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, “Where Poetry Lives.” In this series, Trethewey traveled with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to cities across the United States in order to explore societal issues such as Alzheimer’s, domestic abuse, the civil rights movement, and incarcerated teenagers—all through the prism of poetry, literature, and Trethewey’s own personal experiences.

$10 Registration for Moderated Discussion, which includes admission to the Evening Poetry Reading: https://forms.gle/XNJKpxa3mucovwDq6

$10 Registration for Evening Poetry Reading:https://forms.gle/8uH723qJivoojiXz8

For more about this event and poet, please click here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/poets-poetry/2022-poet-in-residence-natasha-trethewey/

This event is made possible with funds from the Restart NY Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council.

Intersections of the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes
Sunday, May 22, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM EST online

WWBA welcomes creative scholars to discuss the poetry, life, and legacy of Langston Hughes and connections to poetry by Walt Whitman. Presenters include educator, dancer, and singer Peter Brooks and educator and author Ivy Wilson.

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Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant




Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon and Long Island History
Sunday, June 12, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM

WWBA collaborates with Preservation Long Island who launched a major initiative to interpret poet Jupiter’s Hammon’s life a the Joseph Manor Home. Speakers include Preservation Long Island curator Lauren Brincat, Huntington Town Historian and author of Slavery in Huntington and Its Abolition Robert Hughes, and poet David Mills.

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Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

Intersection of Community and Literary Voices
Sunday, October 16, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM 

WWBA reprises two former successful Favorite Poem Projects created by US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Community members of all ages invited to bring and read their favorite African American poetry. Additionally, WWBA Trustee Dr. Susan Fishbein coordinates with Dr. Nicolette James, the chair of Westbury High School’s English Department, to work with students who will read and offer comments about African American poetry. Lorraine Currelley emcees the afternoon. She is a poet, spoken word artist and Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022 State of New York.  A multi-genre writer,  educator,  visual artist and curator.  She’s widely anthologized, and a multi-awards recipient. She’s the executive director for both Poets Network & Exchange and the Bronx Book Fair.  For further information on Lorraine Currelley:


Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

Intersection of Contemporary African American Poetry and Hip Hop
Sunday, November 6, 2022

1:30-3:30 PM

New York City-based performance poet Malik Work will offer an introduction to hip hop and perform his own works. In collaboration with Westbury High School, English Dept. Chair Dr. Nicolette James will coordinate with WWBA Trustee Dr. Susan Fishbein, working with students to create and perform their own hip hop poetry.

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Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

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