January 28, 2021 — Library of America partnered with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles for “Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today,” the latest online event in LOA’s months–long, nationwide LOA’s anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song; Amanda Gorman, fresh off her appearance at President Biden’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.; composer Kris Bowers, whose recent work includes the score for the Netflix series Bridgerton; and Safiya Sinclair, whose 2016 collection Cannibal won a Whiting Writers’ Award. Jessica Strand, Director of Public Programs at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, introduced the program.
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