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Movies on the House at the University of North Florida will present the “Prince Among Slaves” documentary screening and discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater, Building 14A, on the UNF campus. A discussion will immediately follow. This film screening is part of the “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” a traveling exhibit and series of programs presenting the varied poetic transitions of the Muslim world.
“Prince Among Slaves” recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an extraordinary man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.
The Jacksonville Public Library, in partnership with UNF and the Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville, is hosting “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” beginning Saturday, March 2, and running through Saturday, June 15. Jacksonville was one of six cities in the U.S. chosen to host “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” a national initiative that celebrates poetry with scholar presentations, dialogue, visual art, music and performance.
A large, 18-panel exhibit will be on display at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., from March 2 through Saturday, April 27, and at the Main Library, 303 Laura St. N., from Wednesday, May 1, through Saturday, June 15. The lushly-illustrated exhibit highlights poetic traditions from four major language areas—Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu—and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in the U.S. Designed by RAA Associates, the exhibit features photography, calligraphic masterworks and poetry from Adonis to Rumi.
“Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” encompasses a series of programs that include lectures, movies, performances, hands-on arts and crafts, music programs, cultural art demonstrations, documentary and book discussions, as well as activities for children, teens and adults. All programs are free; however, reservations are requested for some programs. Visit http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/poeticvoices for more information and reservations or contact Lisa Brown Buggs, Jacksonville Public Library, at (904) 630-4655.
“Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Jacksonville Public Library along with the public libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Queens, N.Y. Funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
The Jacksonville Public Library provided more than 11,000 programs and services last year to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. Nearly 4.5 million people visited Jacksonville Public Libraries and checked out almost 8.5 million items. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call (904) 630-BOOK (2665) or visit jaxpubliclibrary.org.
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