Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and care for our community, Just Buffalo Literary Center has postponed a number of events, and we will follow the guidance of Buffalo Public Schools in terms of Just Buffalo Writing Center programming.

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Upcoming Civil Writes Project Events

In 2021, Just Buffalo Literary Center once again launches THE CIVIL WRITES PROJECT with a series of interconnected community events that open conversations, encourage reading and writing, and invite widespread community participation around BABEL visits from the world’s foremost Black & African-American writers.

Telling The Story: Enslavement of African People in the United States (Through May 2021)

Friday, March 5, 2021

Telling the Story: Enslavement of African People in the United States, in-person & virtual exhibit, spring 2021, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Where: BECPL Central Library & Online
Date: Through May 2021
Host: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

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Lucille Clifton’s Buffalo (Adult)

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Lucille Clifton's Buffalo - April 11 2021 - Kazim Ali - Adult Writing Workshop - Just Buffalo Literary Center
Teaching Artist:
Kazim Ali
Date:
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Time:
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

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Virtual BABEL: Ta-Nehisi Coates (04.22.2021)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Virtual BABEL - Ta-Nehesi Coates - 2021 - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo NY
Where: Online (via Crowdcast)
Dates: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Price: $25

Spring 2020 ticketholders will be able to convert their tickets to virtual tickets at no additional cost.

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Virtual BABEL: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Join Just Buffalo for a BABEL like no other as we welcome bestselling author and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates for a virtual conversation with Artistic Director Barbara Cole.

TA-NEHISI COATES: BLACK PANTHER

Join The Wakanda Alliance as we journey through the depth and impact of Coates’s Black Panther series through group reading, visualization exercises, and Afrofuturist thought shaping, developing deeper conversations around Blackness, Sci-Fi, and Afrofuturism.

VIRTUAL FREEDOM CONVERSATION TOUR (04.10.2021)

Rooted in stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, the Heritage Center’s live, virtual tour led by Saladin Allah sparks conversation and offers a space to consider the relationship between race, human rights, and freedom.

LUCILLE CLIFTON’S BUFFALO

Lucille Clifton’s work is deeply embedded in the geographical and social landscape of Buffalo. We will do some generative writing in response to prompts shaped by Clifton’s work, and share some of that writing.

TOUR & WRITING WORKSHOP

Rooted in stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, the Heritage Center’s live, virtual tours spark conversation and offer a space to consider the relationship between race, human rights, and freedom. After a 45-minute virtual tour led by Saladin Allah, join teaching artist Annette Daniels Taylor for a 45-minute thematic writing session.

TA-NEHISI COATES READING GROUP

Facilitated by Steven Peraza. All sessions will be virtual via Zoom. Note: These events are sold out.

TELLING THE STORY (THROUGH MAY 2021)

This Rare Book Room exhibit at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Central Library seeks to highlight its History of Slavery Collection and, perhaps more ambitiously, to provoke constructive dialog about our country’s history of enslavement and its continuing aftermath.

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