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Video | First Lady Michelle Obama Honors 2015 Class of National Student Poets Program

UPDATED with full video The First Lady honors the 2015 class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for youth poets. The 2015 National Student Poets are 16-year-old Chasity Hale of Miami; 16-year-old De’John Hardges of … Continue reading

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Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls” 40th Anniversary Exhibition

I don’t believe any black girl can graduate to womanhood without knowing about, seeing, and understanding Ms. Ntozake Shange’s Choreopoem “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf.” Ntozake Sahnge- Poet, author, and playwright Paulette Williams … Continue reading

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Saturday Open Thread | Black Poets Week: Maya Angelou

We end this week with Maya Angelou. Global Renaissance Woman Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread | Black Poets Week: Nikki Giovanni

Today we will discuss Nikki Giovanni. Nikki Giovanni On June 7, 1943, Yolanda Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1960, she entered Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked with the … Continue reading

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Thursday Open Thread | Black Poets Week: Gwendolyn Brooks

The wordsmith for today is Gwendolyn Brooks. Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917–2000 Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly regarded, much-honored poet, with the distinction of being the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library … Continue reading

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Wednesday Open Thread | Black Poets Week: Countee Cullen

Today’s poet is Countee Cullen. Countee Cullen Born in 1903 in New York City, Countee Cullen was raised in a Methodist parsonage. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in New York and began writing poetry at the age of … Continue reading

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Tuesday Open Thread | Black Poets Week: Langston Hughes

Today’s poet is Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to Mexico. He was raised by his grandmother until … Continue reading

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