“Hang A Thousand Ribbons: The  Legacy and Poetry of Phillis Wheatley”

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In honor of Black History Month, we’ll explore the complicated but triumphant story of Phillis Wheatley, an African-American, formerly enslaved young woman, who published a groundbreaking book of poetry in 1773. For decades, a white woman’s memoir shaped our understanding of America’s first Black poet. Recently, her legacy and her work has been rediscovered and un-whitewashed. Who tells our stories? Who tells the stories of African Americans in history? Selections of Wheatley’s poems will be read (with commentary) by Worship Associate Nancy Paxton. Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker preaching. Music from Austin Shaw and Andrez Alcazar.