How Black Lives Matter: The Poets of the Civil Rights Era II
Earlier this year San Diego Writers, Ink sent a solidarity statement to our mailing list stating: We hope that you forgive us for taking time to craft some thoughts in response to everything that has happened in the world the last few weeks. We are experiencing grief, anger, and sadness as well as fierce love and unity. We don’t pretend to have answers or know the best thing to say, but we want to unequivocally say that we stand with the Black community. We will not tolerate systemic racism. Black. Lives. Matter. That statement was signed by Executive Director Kristen Fogle and Administrative Assistant Hayli Nicole.
Poet Jim Moreno stated that he was proud to be a teaching artist with San Diego Writer’s Ink when he read that statement of solidarity. Moreno is offering his second edition of The Poets of the Civil Rights Era (TPOCRE) to resonate with that solidarity. Also, in the first edition of TPOCRE film clips of Sonia Sanchez, Malcolm X, Amiri Baraka, e.e. cummings, and Moreno’s video of the poem Charleston were not shown on account of some technical problems.
Moreno said he needs to create this workshop in harmony with those films and new material with quotes by by Maya Angelou, Roxanne Gay, Toni Morrison, President Obama, Chris Rock, and others. Beginning and seasoned poets are invited to join SDWI in solidarity with our Black community for this 3 hour poem making adventure with Jim.