Archive | May, 2013

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Alley Ball

Lately, I’ve been writing poems about places from my youth. Something a few weeks ago brought back the memories of the basketball court in the alley behind my house as a boy. I think I can partly blame poet, friend and blogger Brian Gilmore for this. (Check his blog, by the way, Chocolate City Review) […]

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“I Am A Man” Photo Comes to Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Memphis twice in 1968, to assist the city’s striking sanitation workers. On his first visit, a demonstration turned violent and he vowed to return to help them do it right. Tragically, on his second visit, he was killed. The campaign in Memphis became known as the “I Am […]

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What The Folger Means

When I was a senior in high school, a long time ago, in Southern California, I had an English class in a basement classroom. It was a typing classroom meaning the desks were metal with huge electric typewriters taking up nearly the whole desk surface. There was just enough room for a stand-up typing book […]

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