Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Program Announcement: Oral Traditions in African-American Literature

Join us in the Sandusky Library program room this Saturday, February 24, at 2PM, when Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at the University of Dayton, will present a talk on "Oral Traditions in African-American Literature,"sponsored by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. From the program description on the Ohio Humanities Council website:
"Forms of indigenous speech and song are an influential part of African-American literature. This program explains how the sermon, the spiritual, the worksong, the dozens, the catches, the blues, gospel, jazz, and popular ballads, as well as folk tales operate to keep African-American literature alive and well."

Dr. Martin was in Sandusky a few years ago to speak about the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, a talk that received much praise in the community. You can be sure that this Saturday's program will be equally as interesting. For more information, contact the library at 419-625-3834.

"Since 1972, the Ohio Humanities Council, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided leadership, resources, and financial support for the humanities in Ohio."

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