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SLIDESHOW: Poets Respond to Race

  • Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Pat Conroy's brother, Tim Conroy, introduces poet Al Black
  • Marcus Amaker of Charleston reads a few of his poems about the Holy City.
  • Pews at Grace Chapel AME Church filled with people from around the community who were interested in hearing poems on race.
  • Ja'Keris Porter shares a tender moment with his professor Ellen Malphrus
  • Marjory Wentworth is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee.
  • The crowd stood up to sing the hymn, "We shall overcome."
  • Poets Respond to Race brought together 7 writers to share poetry about race.

In its first event, The Pat Conroy Literary Center hosted a public program on Monday themed  "Poets Respond to Race."

A diverse group of seven writers from across the state held a reading and discussion at Grace Chapel AME Church in downtown Beaufort, just two blocks from the literary center. Created by Columbia poet Al Black and Sumter poet Len Lawson, Poets Respond to Race uses the literary arts as an opportunity for candid, healing, and inclusive discussions on race and diversity as an inviting approach into tough conversation that can bring positive change to our communities.