Presented by Library of America, in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora (CSAD) and Department of African American Studies (AAS) at Georgia State University, Lift Every Voice: Atlanta's Contribution to the Black Poetic Tradition, is part of a nationwide celebration of 250 years of African American Poetry.

Dr. Elizabeth West, Professor of Africana Literatures and Studies / English at Georgia State University and the Director of Academics for the College of Arts and Science’s Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora (CSAD) will serve as the events facilitator/moderator. Discussants include Kevin Young, poet, editor and the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Pearl Cleage, renowned playwright, essayist, novelist, poet and political activist; Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Georgia State University; and Dr. Maurice Hobson, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University.

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