Set

During Black History Month and beyond (cuz face it, every month deserves Black History), this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem pays homage to Serena Williams, legendary (apparently slept on) tennis player.

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6 feet more

During Black History Month and beyond (cuz face it, every month deserves Black History), this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem celebrates Brittney Griner, first WNBA player to come out. Thanks, Britt.

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Africa for Africans

During the Black History Month and beyond (cuz face it, every month deserves Black History), this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem pays homage to anti-colonial pro-African leaders-of-nation, such as Mandela, Tutu, Nkrumah, Nyerere, Lumumba, Nasser, Gdaffi, Sankara, and Kwando.

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Coastline Crowns

During the Official Black History Month (cuz face it, every month deserves Black History) and beyond, this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem pays homage to prophetess Kimpa Vita of the Kongo, who interrogated and rejected white Christianity; the first to opt for Black Jesus.

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Passport

swirling mass being squeezed on one side plus the other, and on arrival, on the topside until the congalmorate comes pulsing out amateur crime scene investigation – enhnced techniques light scratches down juice hills I’m naked clear and crisp as the crinkle of hand size Bible pages outdone riding along fairbanks come shelter thought Canadian

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History Makes Life

During Black History Month, this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem pays homage to Carter G. Woodson, second African-American to graduate harvard, grandfather of Black History, and proponent of independent Black education. Woodoson’s essay Mis-Education of a Negro was years ahead of its time and is still salient today – a must-read for any Black scholar.

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Baby I’m Bayard

During Black History Month, this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem pays homage to Bayard Rustin, undersung March on Washington strategist, Martin Luther King Jr. colleague, and gay rights activist. Thank you, Mr. Rustin, for your service.

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