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Noted poet Glenis Redmond to speak at FMU on slavery

on Wednesday, 08 September 2021. Posted in Education, Local News


Francis Marion University will kick off its “Universities Studying Slavery” initiative with a performance by noted poet Glenis Redmond.

The USS initiative is open to any school contemplating or already investigating its own history as it relates to slavery or racism. Francis Marion officially joined this collaborative group of universities in August of last year. Plans for the first year include walking tours of Francis Marion’s campus, oral histories of the region, and focused writing projects about important historical sites. The USS Initiative at Francis Marion will launch with Redmond, who will provide an interactive poetry performance and presentation regarding place and the legacy of slavery for the Florence community.

Redmond is an award-winning poet, author of “Backbone” and “Under The Sun.” A Kennedy Center teaching artist, she is also dynamic performer of her work and has presented all around the country for both student and adult audiences.

Her presentation will be followed by a moderated panel about other elements of the USS initiative that will take place at FMU, such as an oral history project, poetry slam, and more.

The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Chapman Auditorium. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The program will start at 6 p.m. The event will also be streamed on FMU’s YouTube channel.

The mission of S.C. Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians.

It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.

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