I AM LIFE THE GRIOT
AUTHOR | POET | SPEAKER
Get to know the Founder and Executive Director of Chess and Community Inc., the host of Atlanta's biggest monthly Art Festival, the author of two books of poetry and short stories, and an Instructor at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Life brings over 20 years of experience of direct impact to communities across the country.
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Life The Griot: The Poet/The Film
Robots Moving Chess Pieces: Pawn Accelerator
Conversations with Life: Sevan Bomar
TEDx Lemuel LaRoche: Chess and Community
"Life has inspired my children both through poetry and chess and community. He motivates them "to think before making a move", and encourages us all to give back to our community. He is truly a blessing to Classic City."
"Lemuel is doing a remarkable work for young people in the United States through the game of chess. What he started in Athens inspires myself and many others to step forward and improve our communities. Keep doing the work, Lem."
Natasha Ganem, PhD
“[Lemuel] has a way of utterly captivating an audience. When he speaks, the room is intense with listening thought, and, when he finishes, a standing ovation is common. His poetry is intelligent and thought provoking."