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[Poetry Friday] Of Poetry and Protest: Powerful Words by devorah major

Read an excerpt from "on continuing to struggle" by devorah major.


Fats here.


Of Poetry and Protest is an anthology of fierce and scathing poetry written by some of the best African-American poets across the United States. With over 200 pages, this collection brings together 43 writers, their searing words and monochromatic portraits, along with black and white images that depicted important events in history. Below is an excerpt from one of these poems.

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Mumia Abu Jamal is a political prisoner [who had] been on Death Row since 1982, following his unjust conviction for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman in December 1981. He was a target of the Philadelphia Police Department since the 1960s as a result of his membership in the Black Panther Party. His death sentence was overturned in 2001.

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8 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Of Poetry and Protest: Powerful Words by devorah major

  1. lindabaie

    This is a new anthology to me, Fats, and wow, that poem, the play on words in the final three lines is powerful, full of hope (as it should be). Thank you!

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  2. maryleehahn

    Wow. I put this anthology is on reserve at the library before I even finished reading your post. These are important voices that need to be heard. Thank you for shining this spotlight!

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  3. I found this book on sale during Pansing’s most recent Book Box Sale. I immediately snatched it up! 🙂 Great post, Fats.

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  4. Putting this on order at the library. Thank you for sharing this important book.

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  5. haitiruth

    “We tried but ain’t it a shame.” It’s so easy to just quit there. Thanks for this! Ruth,

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  6. Such incredible truth, strength, and fortitude in this poem. I need to read this collection. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  7. Wow Fats! This poem is profound. Thanks for sharing it and the anthology. I went and put it on reserve at my local library as soon as I read the poem.

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