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Seat in the Shade Poetry Series: Life the Griot

Wednesday, Jun. 15 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Big Read

Now in its fifth year, the Seat in the Shade Summer Poetry Series is excited to collaborate with Big Read's ongoing focus on Robinson Jeffers. Come enjoy a week of poetry readings and discussions of the poetic craft featuring six top Georgia poets. It will be hosted by UGA College of Education professor Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor.

Lemuel "Life the Griot" LaRoche is internationally renowned for his poetry and spoken word, which he uses as a tool for empowerment, reconditioning, and community outreach. He is the author of two books, "Tree of Life: The Human Ascension" and "Hidden Ripples: Life's Unspoken Language." Life holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Georgia. He is the founder and executive director of Chess and Community Conference, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth empowerment organization dedicated to developing strategic leadership skills in young people. He was listed as one of Athens' exceptional community leaders in 2013, and his organization has been featured in Georgia Magazine. He recently received the President's Fulfilling the Dream Award, which honors people in the Athens community who have dedicated their lives to carrying out the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can also view his Ted Talk on the age old game of chess.


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