U.Va.’s Rita Dove Reads Poems at ‘Peace Ball’

UVA Today’s Anne Bromley reports:

Although the celebrations of the presidential inauguration have ended, poet Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, read two poems at the Peace Ball that can be enjoyed at any time.

Dove was one of a cast of luminaries to speak on Jan. 20 at one of Washington’s more creative parties celebrating the president’s reelection. Having served as U.S. poet laureate for two terms, she is familiar with bringing poetry to public occasions and entertained the large crowd by reading poems particularly suited to the event: “Umoja: Each One of Us Counts” and “Lady Freedom Among Us.” Watch the reading below:

“The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance,” held at the historic Arena Stage at The Meade Center For American Theater, paid tribute to the continuing struggle for peace and justice in the U.S. and throughout the world. Joining Dove, other artists, activists, speakers and organizations participating in the event’s commentary, musical entertainment, dancing and festivities included: civil rights activist and retired U.Va. professor Julian Bond, Amy Goodman, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez, Dick Gregory, Marian Wright Edelman, Farai Chideya, Ralph Nader, Van Jones, Dave Zirin, Etan Thomas, Barbara Ehrenreich, the National Council of Negro Women, the Pacifica Foundation and Progressive Democrats of America, among many others. Mos Def and Sweet Honey in the Rock provided musical performances.

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