Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, January 27, 2021
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 572-1359

Spoken word poetry lovers rejoice: As part of its 2021 Black History Month programming, the Birmingham Public Library is hosting Bards & Brews: Lift Every Voice at 6 p.m. Friday, February 5. The program is being funded by a grant from the Lift Every Voice organization paying tribute to 250 years of African-American Poetry. See details below

BPL to Host Bards & Brews: Lift Every Voice Black History Month Program February 5

Birmingham, Ala. –Poetry lovers, rejoice: The Birmingham Public Library is celebrating the rich legacy of African-American poetry as part of it 2021 Black History Month programming.

“Bards & Brews: Lift Every Voice” will feature some of Alabama’s best spoken word artists at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 5. Join us virtually on the Facebook pages of both Bards & Brews and the Birmingham Public Library.

The virtual platform will continue to illuminate the anthology of black poetry published in the last 250 years. “Lift Every Voice: The Nationwide Celebration of 250 Years of African America Poetry” is powered by the Library of America and will pay homage to notable poets such as Langston Hughes, Nicci Giovanni, Maya Angelou and many more. This celebration of black heritage is an empowering event for a diverse community.

Click below for details on BPL’s February 5 Bards & Brews

Click below for details on BPL’s February 20 Read-In for Justice

Lift Every Voice ( is a national public humanities initiative that engages participants in a multifaceted exploration of African American poetry, the perspectives it offers on American history and the struggle for racial justice, and the universality of its imaginative response to the personal experiences of Black Americans over three centuries.

About Bards & Brews

In its 11th year, Bards & Brews is a monthly spoken word poetry/craft beer event hosted by BPL. Normally held at library locations and entertainment venues across metro Birmingham, the program moved online last summer. Bards & Brews has received accolades for its ability to bring library patrons of all ages and races together and being a voice for area poets. How Bards and Brews unifies the Birmingham arts community | The Birmingham Times

The power of the spoken word has gained national attention since Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem January 20 in Washington, D.C. (See Bards & Brews poets’ reaction below)

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 18 locations and serving the community for over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the Southeast.
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