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Wednesday Night Live: Black August - Commemorating the Black Liberation Movement

All ages
  • About This Program

    Each year, Black August remembers those who lost their freedom in efforts against racial oppression. This Wednesday Night Live event will uplift crucial community discussion and expression to remember those who have supported the movement over different eras in our history. Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward will share an exclusive piece written for Black August that explores the tenacity and passion it takes to fight for a cause.

    Following Jay's performance, media maven Ohavia Phillips will facilitate a panel discussion, Unmasked: Multi-Layered Movement, featuring Councilman Braxton Winston, educator and Executive Director of Be More Foundation De'Les Green-Morris, activist and community leader Kass Ottley, and muralist, Georgie Nakima. Georgie recently completed a beautiful mural at the Gantt, between the third floor galleries entitled Earth Keeper.

    This discussion will highlight how a successful movement needs more than marching in the streets and will review the many ways we all can support a movement with diverse talent and skills.

  • Artist, Moderator & Panelists

    Jay Ward
    Charlotte Poet Laureate

    Ohavia Phillips
    Media Personality + Communications Executive

    Braxton Winston II
    City Councilman

    De'Les Green-Morris
    Educator and Executive Director of Be More Foundation

    Kass Ottley
    Activist and Community Leader

    Georgie Nakima

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