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AUDIO: Poet Lucille Clifton: ‘Everything Is Connected’

“One thing poetry teaches us,” Clifton once said, “is that everything is connected. There is so much history that we have not validated.” Clifton, an African-American poet who tackled the difficult subjects of injustice, racism, and sexism in her work, died Feb. 13 [2010] at the age of 73.

Repost and a reminder to “buffalo on”

Seems appropriate to return to this now, again, with the murder of the young white woman protestor Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, but also with the Trump on the verge of pardoning Joe Arpaio, the truly disgusting racist and vile sheriff in Arizona whose detention centers were notorious spaces for rape and humiliation. This is also a Now when well-meaning liberals and humanists are expressing their fears that dismantling Confederate statues may lead to dismantling monuments to people like Columbus (Story of OJ “…..ok?” shrug), and news has been circulating that a Puerto Rican man, Alexander Ramos, was identified as one of the white supremacists marchers beating young Deandre Harris in a video from the rally….

Join Me (@jmjafrx) for the Thursday #UndergroundWGN Panel at #ASALH2017

#TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine mount up!!

Looking forward to participating on this roundtable at this year’s ASALH in Cincinnati!! The show may be canceled, but I’ll be #TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine forever. And I’m joining Regina N. Bradley, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Janell Hobson, and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers to discuss the show, the good, the bad, the provocative, and what it means to have histories of slavery on the small screen.

Details below. Be sure to book your flights for Wednesday so you can join us for this Thursday morning conversation.

And if you haven’t checked out Treva B. Lindsey’s interview with Aisha Hinds, the actress who played Harriet Tubman in the show, read it here.