Archive | December, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr.

America Needs Dr. King: Part 1

Basic wisdom says a problem can’t be solved before it’s admitted and understood. This is where we start. America is not working for most of its people. We are frequently divided, angry, and ignorant to how others experience life here. But we can do better. Much better. I wonder about this question: How much more […]

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Questions & Pleas: Young Poets Voice Hope

I noticed the questions. Then I noticed the pleading. High school students often write poetry that challenges and consoles us at the same time. At least that’s how it lands on me. Over the last two days, I visited three schools as Poet-in-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, in Howard County, Maryland, […]

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Graffiti Artists Remembered in Washington, DC: DEMZ and REEFA

I thought I discovered something. On further exploration, I found quite another. I discovered, once again, the power of artists to remember, lament, and protest, all at the same time. It was December 13, 2014. I was on the Red Line Metro in Washington, D.C., heading to the National March Against Police Violence, gathering at […]

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