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