‘The Souls of Free Folk’ book launch Fri­day

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The As­so­ci­a­tion for Vis­ual Arts will host the book launch of “The Souls of Free Folk” a l o n g w i th a read­ing by the au­thor on Fr iday , Feb . 2 , from 6 to 8: 30 p. m. at AVA , 30 Fra­zier Ave . , to kick off Black His­tory Month.

“The Souls of Free Folk” is a book of art and po­etry by lo­cal artist Josiah Gol­son. The il­lus­trated poem cel­e­brates the black experience through the tri­als and tri­umphs of an artist’s com­ing-of-age story.

Go l s o n says the book’s ti­tle and themes are, in part, in­spired by “The Souls of Free Folk,” a 1903 se­ries of es­says by so­ci­ol­o­gist and scholar W.E.B. DuBois. Gol­son’s book, com­prised of more than 100 orig­i­nal draw­ings, is a mov­ing trib­ute to the power of cul­ture and fam­ily in the strug­gle for per­sonal growth.

Gol­son is an artist, lawyer, writer and found- er of the 800 Col­lec­tive, a di­verse group of artists who use art as a means of civic engagement and pub­lic dis­course. Gol­son has led art projects and pro­grams with Jaz­zanooga, Glass House Col­lec­tive and Cause­way.

Sup­port for the book l aunch comes from a grant from the Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement.

“The Souls of Free Folk” can be pur­chased on­line at Josi­ah­gol­son. com and copies will be avail­able for pur­chase at Fri­day’s event.

For more i nfor­ma­tion: 423-265- 4282.

Josiah Gol­son

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