This blog does not contain much writing. Today I’m using poetry to get points across. Some of you may know I’ve been an educator, author and activist, but many don’t know that I grew up in Harlem as an aspiring … Continue reading Why The Negroes Suffer
Poetry. One of my first loves. When done properly, it is one of the most effective vehicles for deconstructing illusion and misinformation. It admonishes, scolds, sympathizes redefines and interrogates knowledge and understanding. Our youth have poetry just like prior generations did. … Continue reading 7 Poems Our Youth Should Hear And Discuss
In 1996 The Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. Certainly poetry deserves celebration given its demonstrated ability to educate, inspire and provoke critical thought. In honor of this month, I’d like to share some of my favorite poems. I hope you enjoy! 1.Braggadocious by Agyei Tyehimba I wrote the following poem “Braggadocious,” inspired by my homeroom class of 8th grade students back in 1997. As a Hip Hop fan and practitioner, I sometimes allowed students to present their poetry toward the end of class (provided that we covered our material, of course). They were talented poets, but much of their … Continue reading In Honor of National Poetry Month….