CIVIL WRITES PROJECT

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THE CIVIL WRITES PROJECT dares to confront the history of segregation through a series of interconnected programs leading up to Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s appearance at Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series on November 9, 2017—exactly 50 years to the day of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Buffalo is at a pivotal moment in its history, benefiting from an exciting renaissance even as the city grapples with persistent racial disparities, gentrification, and educational inequality. Fifty years ago, Dr. King dared to imagine a future free of segregation. Now, let us come together through literature to be inspired by Toni Morrison as we imagine the next fifty years.

Civil Writes Events

Blood at the Root

Friday, October 13, 2017
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Where:
Paul Robeson Theatre
350 Masten Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
Date: October 13-14@8pm, October 15@4pm, October 20-21@8pm, October 22@4pm, October 27-28@8pm, October 29@4 2017
Time: See above for time & dates (more…)

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Revisiting William Wells Brown

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Where:
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 12:00–1:00 p.m. (more…)

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When the King Came to Buffalo: the 1967 Kleinhans address by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Where:

Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts
450 Masten Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. (more…)

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STUDIO: Terrance Hayes

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Where:
Evergreen Commons
262 Georgia St
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m. (more…)

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UB Humanities Institute Presents: Reclaiming Our Ancestors: Community Conversations About Racial Justice and Public History

Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Where:
Multiple Locations
Facebook event page
Buffalo, NY
Date: October 19-21, 2017
Time: Multiple times (more…)

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Cultivate Cinema Circle presents “Beloved”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Where:
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 7:00–10:30 p.m. (more…)

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Marc Lamont Hill, Presented by Open Buffalo

Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Where:
Bennett High School
2885 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214
Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. (more…)

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Chairman’s Book Club: “The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation and Failing the Middle Class – And What We Can Do About It”

Friday, October 27, 2017
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Where:
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 12:00–1:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL@Betty’s: Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”

Monday, October 30, 2017
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Where:
Betty’s
370 Virginia St
Buffalo, NY 142031
Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (more…)

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Free Fred Brown!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Where:
Paul Robeson Theatre
350 Masten Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
Date: November 1, 2017
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m. (more…)

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The Future of Freedom: A Community Conversation with Alexis De Veaux

Thursday, November 2, 2017
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Where:
Montante Cultural Center
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m. (more…)

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Climbing PoeTree

Friday, November 3, 2017


Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: November 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.  (more…)

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Open Studios+ Event: SUNY Erie + BABEL Toni Morrison

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Where:
SUNY ECC South Campus Library
4041 Southwestern Blvd
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 12:15–1:45 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL: Toni Morrison

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Toni Morrison - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY

Where:
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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BPS Art Exhibit @ BABEL

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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Where:
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: November 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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Tales of Two Americas by John Freeman

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington St, 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. (more…)

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To & From 1967: A Rebellion with Martin Sostre

Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Where:
Frank E. Merriweather Library
1324 Jefferson Ave
Buffalo, NY 14208
Date: November 18, 2017
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m. (more…)

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Toni Morrison - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY
BABEL Presents Toni Morrison

November 9, 2017 at Kleinhans Music Hall

RESOURCES

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “The Future of Integration” Speech

National Civil Rights Museum—Celebrating its 50th Anniversary

The King Center

THE CIVIL WRITES PROJECT
is generously supported by:
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Field of Interest Fund
managed by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
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