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Virtual Gallier Gathering: Afro-Creole Poetic Activism in Civil War-Era New Orleans
A century before the civil rights movement of the 1950s, Creole activists in Louisiana fought to establish racial justice as the nation went to war with itself and slavery ultimately crumbled. Belonging to the community of free people of color in New Orleans, they adopted a radical posture in solidarity with the formerly enslaved population. Two successive newspapers, L’Union, founded in 1862, and America’s first black daily La Tribune de la Nouvelle-Orléans (1864-70), played a key role in this mighty struggle. This talk examines how their French-language poetry articulated their vision and explores how we can read these works today.

Nov 11, 2020 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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