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Jaki Shelton Green: “Oh My Brother”


North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green hosts an online poetry workshop on February 14, 2021, as part of the Wake County Public Libraries' monthlong Lift Every Voice programming.

"I wrote 'Oh My Brother' several years ago. An invitation from a poet in New York invited other poets nationwide to submit poetry for the Poetry of Lamentation Online Anthology created to memorialize the murdered and symbolize solidarity with grieving families across the United States whose love ones are being murdered by law enforcement. Again, writers, musicians, dancers, sculptors, and all artists are called upon to use our creativity to declare, agitate, and resist. We will not perish as long as we remember the righteous fire and light inside our artistic utterances."
— Jaki Shelton Green, June 2, 2020