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Civil Writes Project features community events, BABEL with Isabel Wilkerson


Mon, Apr 24th 2023 12:45 pm

Recipients of $10,500 in project support announced

Just Buffalo Literary Center announced the individual artists, organizations and community groups receiving a total of $10,500 to support events aligned with Just Buffalo’s Civil Writes Project, a community engagement project that celebrates Black writers and seeks pathways toward justice through the literary arts.

This year’s community project partners are:

√ Black Boys Read Too

√ Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology

√ The Galactic Tribe / Wakanda Alliance

√ Justice for Migrant Families

√ Torn Space Theater

√ Western New York Network of English Teachers (WNYNET)

√ Kari Winter

The 2023 Civil Writes Project centers on Just Buffalo’s BABEL author event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson on April 26.

Much of this year’s Civil Writes Project programming connects to Wilkerson’s bestselling nonfiction works, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” and “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” which was an “Oprah’s Book Club” pick.

Richmond Wills, Just Buffalo Program coordinator and teaching artist who has taken a lead role in this year’s partnerships, said, “The Civil Writes Project embodies the power of partnership, community and collaboration, celebrating and amplifying the richness of Black narratives. We're beyond excited to bring this project to life every year, because it creates a space for people to come together while supporting and highlighting some of the important work happening in Buffalo. It's an honor to be a part of a project that's profoundly meaningful, and to witness the connections and conversations that has come out of it.”

Civil Writes Project programming is ongoing through June 30. To learn more, see the full calendar of upcoming Civil Writes Project events and get involved, visit justbuffalo.org.

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