Hosted by Revolutionary Spaces
April 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Old South Meeting House
Join Revolutionary Spaces for a celebration of Phillis Wheatley Peters — a literary prodigy in 18th century Boston who became the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry. Spending most of her life enslaved, Wheatley Peters’ work offers a remarkable look at the time in which she lived.
Charles Coe, a brilliant poet, writer, musician, and Revolutionary Spaces board member, will guide us in an evening of poetry and film to honor and reflect on Wheatley Peters as she continues to be a great inspiration to artists today. A casual reception with light refreshments will follow.
- MALIA LAZU will kick off the event with a welcome from the Attucks Collective. Malia is an award winning, tenured strategist in diversity & inclusion and has sparked deep economic development and investment in urban entrepreneurship for over twenty years.
- CHARLES COE is a poet, prose writer, teacher of writing and a musician (vocals and didgeridoo). Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, he has lived in the Boston area since 1975. After eighteen years, he retired in the spring of 2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency that funds arts and culture, and now spends his time writing, teaching writing, and making music.
This event is presented by the Attucks Collective, an emerging affiliation network at Revolutionary Spaces. Learn more about Attucks Collective →
As we come together to learn from each other, Attucks Collective is centered around the stories of Black and Indigenous revolutionaries who came before us. This collective will continue to expand, but focuses firstly on providing social space for people to build a narrative they weren’t able to build at this country’s founding in 1776.
We hope our white brothers and sisters come to this space understanding their role as an ally. Remember that you are here to join in community, and consider that your role at times might be as a witness and support rather than an active participant.