Monday, February 21, 2011

Exhibit on Haki Madhubuti

Haki Madhubuti reading poetry at event.

Tuesday, February 15, The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club hosted a talk and reading by poet and publisher Haki Madhubuti at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center. More than 100 people attended.

Redmond and Madhubuti have known each other since the mid-1960s as participants in common arts projects. Most notably, they are participants in the cultural enterprise known as the Black Arts Movement. Over the decades, they have collaborated on several projects.

As part of our contribution to the event, the black studies program curated an exhibit of Redmond's photographs of Madhubuti taken over a 20 year period. The exhibit panels in this exhibit, like all the panels in our black poetry mixed media project, were designed by my younger brother Kenton.

Audience member viewing the exhibit. 

The Madhubuti exhibit included several panels and gave audiences a chance to review him in various contexts over the years reading poetry, signing books, interacting with fellow artists, and leading arts activities.

(Funding for the exhibit was made possible by funds from the Illinois Humanities Council and the Black Studies Program at SIUE).   

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