Born in 1953, Jackie Shelton-Green grew up in Efland, N.C. and has been writing since childhood. She attended a segregated elementary school where she received public speaking instruction that helped lay the foundation for a life in front of audiences. She received a scholarship to the George School, a private Quaker school in Pennsylvania. It was during those years that she blossomed as a writer and many of her poems were published in the school’s literary magazine. In 1977, she published her first collection of poems, Dead on Arrival. Over the next forty years, Shelton-Green published 7 more collections and a play, Blue Opal.
PRESENTER: Jackie Shelton-Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, will present her award-winning poetry while sharing works of earlier Poet Laureates and civil rights poets. Ms. Shelton-Green presentation promises to not only entertain, but bring awareness to this great art form.
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This year’s theme for the African American Lecture Series is “The Year of the Woman – She Changed the World” and will highlight struggles and accomplishments from women in artistic, cultural, and educational advancement.
Presenters will include visual artists, educators, historians, reenactors, storytellers, singers, dramatists, and dancers.