SOUTH CAROLINA FOLK POETRY FEST
IN HONOR OF VIVIAN AYERS' 100th BIRTHDAY
HELD JULY 29, 2023
On July 29, 2023 we celebrated Vivian Ayers' 100th birthday with hundreds of guests in attendance including the Executive Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas who made her way all the way to Chester, South Carolina in honor of Dr. Ayers' and her poetry's contribution to space exploration. Poets from around the Palmetto State came to share their verses as part of the festival and the famous Claflin Choir added their voices.
Hawk by Vivian Ayers
The culminating event was Ayers' daughter, Phylicia Rashad, reading lines from her mother's recently republished poem "Hawk." In conjunction with Dr. Ayers turning 100, Clemson University has republished her celebrated poem, and it's now available for purchase from books stores everywhere. You may now order this powerful work that has inspired astronauts and anyone seeking to "Be True, Be Beautiful, Be Free."