CIVIL WRITES PROJECT

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THE CIVIL WRITES PROJECT dares to confront the history of segregation through a series of interconnected programs emphasizing inspiring positive change through writing.

Numerous additional community events took place throughout Erie County during Fall, 2017, and the first phase of this dynamic project culminated in Toni Morrison’s sold out 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 as we imagine the next fifty years.

Providing an open forum to grapple with issues of race and segregation and express experiences with these topics has proven to be so important that Just Buffalo will be continuing the project well into the spring and possibly beyond.

Civil Writes Events

Blood at the Root

Friday, October 13, 2017
Blood at the Root

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

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Revisiting William Wells Brown

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Revisiting William Wells Brown

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

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
When the King Came to Buffalo: the 1967 Kleinhans address by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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STUDIO: Terrance Hayes

Thursday, October 19, 2017
STUDIO: Terrance Hayes

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

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017
UB Humanities Institute Presents: Reclaiming Our Ancestors: Community Conversations About Racial Justice and Public History

  Where: Multiple Locations Facebook event page Buffalo, NY Date: October 19-21, 2017 Time: Multiple times

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Cultivate Cinema Circle presents “Beloved”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Cultivate Cinema Circle presents “Beloved”

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

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Marc Lamont Hill, Presented by Open Buffalo

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Marc Lamont Hill, Presented by Open Buffalo

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

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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
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”

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

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

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.

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Free Fred Brown!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Free Fred Brown!

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

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Future of Freedom: A Community Conversation with Alexis De Veaux

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

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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. 

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Open Studios+ Event: SUNY Erie + BABEL Toni Morrison

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Open Studios+ Event: SUNY Erie + BABEL Toni Morrison

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

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BABEL: Toni Morrison

Thursday, November 9, 2017

BPS Art Exhibit @ BABEL

Thursday, November 9, 2017
BPS Art Exhibit @ BABEL

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

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Tales of Two Americas by John Freeman

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tales of Two Americas by John Freeman

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

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To & From 1967: A Rebellion with Martin Sostre

Saturday, November 18, 2017
To & From 1967: A Rebellion with Martin Sostre

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

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Whose Stories? A Conversation with Artists of Color

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Where: El Museo 91 Allen St. Buffalo, NY 14202 Date: April 11, 2018 Time: 6-8:00 p.m.

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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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