Learn about Black history through poetry

Written by on February 23, 2021

 Learn about Black history through poetry

By Ben Stemrich

February 23, 2021

If you’re looking for some inspiration during Black History Month, the Allentown Art Museum and local theater group “Basement Poetry” are coming together for a free online poetry workshop and performance.

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From Phillis Wheatley, to Amanda Gorman, poetry has long been an author of Black history. 

Black history and poetry just sort of go hand in hand,” says Abigail Simmons, Adult and College Programs coordinator at the Allentown Art Museum. “It’s a powerful performing art that has gone hand in hand with black history for a very long time. 

Local poet and activist Chloe Cole Wilson will lead the workshop. And Simmons says Wilson’s workshops can get personal.

“Her workshops are about finding what’s right for the individual not having the perfect rhyme or the perfect cadence, but finding words that make sense for the individual and wherever they are,” Simmons says.

The workshop opens with a performance at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Allentown Art Museum. After the performance, the workshop, “Inspired Word With Basement Poetry” will begin. 

There is no cost. Find more information on the Allentown Art Museum Website.

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