“It is not necessary that you believe that the officer who choked Eric Garner set out that day to destroy a body. All you need to understand is that the officer carries with him the power of the American state and the weight of an American legacy, and they necessitate that of the bodies destroyed every year, some wild and disproportionate number of them will be black.” ― Ta-Nehisi Coates
Editor’s Note: Every word I have attempted to write here has been wholly inadequate. I can only offer you poetry written by those who have lived an experience that I have only witnessed from the sidelines, in abject horror.
BLACK LIVES MATTER POETRY:
“Standing In Courage” by Jacinta V. White
“The All Black Penguin Speaks” by Roger Bonair-Agard
“Black Woman” by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Black Lives Matter: A Roundup of Worthy Reads – The Poetry Foundaton
10 Artists of the Black Lives Matter Movement – Sojourners
Black Lives Matter – Renee Mitchell Speaks
‘Black Lives Matter’: A Poem by Nikkita Oliver
Anthony McPherson – “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition”
Black Lives Matter/Freddie Gray Poem
2 thoughts on “SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: BLACK LIVES MATTER POETRY”
Still on BlackPoetsSpeakOut, nice compilation, Sivan. Thank you. I’d like to see it or, better yet, ALL of this!
‘~~~~ I’d like to see it ON FB ‘or, better yet ~~~~’