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The Freedom Struggle
In the struggle between the promise of the American Dream and the failures of the dominant culture to comprehend that Black lives not only matter but, like all lives, are precious, the poet sings a healing song. In this section, we encounter African American poets who engage this struggle to resist injustice and envision new aesthetic, spiritual, and humanistic possibilities. — From the essay by Joanne M. Braxton
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The Freedom Struggle

Amanda Gorman: “Old Jim Crow Got to Go” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

April 12, 2021

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Jericho Brown Reads “The Tradition”

January 27, 2021

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Jaki Shelton Green: “Oh My Brother”

January 27, 2021

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Eve L. Ewing: “I saw Emmett Till this week at the grocery store”

November 18, 2020

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Lift Every Voice: Chicago

April 12, 2021

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Lift Every Voice: Atlanta

January 29, 2021

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Kevin Young Discusses “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay

September 30, 2020

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Kevin Young Reads “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay

September 30, 2020

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Phylicia Rashad Reads “The Slave Mother”

September 21, 2020

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Lift Every Voice: New York City

April 12, 2021

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Aja Monet Reads “#sayhername”

September 16, 2020

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Oratorio: I Will Tell You the Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It

August 24, 2020

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In Conversation with Sonia Sanchez

August 24, 2020

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Claudia Rankine reads from Citizen

August 24, 2020

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Readings from Collections | Dawn Lundy Martin

August 24, 2020

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