The American Antiquarian Society is hosting a free, online event on Thursday, November 5, 2020, titled “Phillis Wheatley Peters and African Lineage and Kinship in The Age of Phillis”. Poet, writer and essayist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will be presenting.
Born in West Africa, Phillis Wheatley Peters (c. 1753 – December 5, 1784) was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston. The publication in London of her “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” in September 1773, brought her fame both in England and the American colonies. Figures such as George Washington praised her work.
You can find details at the American Antiquarian Society website.