Black Lives Have Always Mattered

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A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives
Edited by Abiodun Oyewole
MAY 2017 | ISBN: 978-1-940939-62-9 (eBook)
LCCN: 2016958430
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PUBLICATION DATE MAY 2017

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BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED, edited by Abiodun Oyewole, extends beyond the Black Lives Matter movement’s primary agenda of police brutality, to acknowledge that even when affronted with slavery, segregation and Jim Crow, racial injustice and inequality, black lives have always mattered. This anthology of essays, personal narratives, poetry and prose address a wide range of hot-button issues and racial disparities that disproportionately impact the black community. While written primarily by African American poets, writers, activists and scholars, selections are also from people of the Latino and African diasporas, and white activists. This is a call to action that challenges readers to confront long-held values and beliefs about black lives, as well as white privilege and fragility, as it surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality. Cover design: Vagabond. Photo: The UNITAS program on Fox Street in the South Bronx, 1983. Copyright © Ricky Flores.

Author Bio

ABOUT THE EDITOR

ABIODUN OYEWOLE
ABIODUN OYEWOLE is a poet, teacher, and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group, the Last Poets (1968), which laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip hop. He performed on the Last Poets’ albums, The Last Poets (1970), Holy Terror (1993), and The Time Has Come (1997). He rejoined The Last Poets during its 1990s resurgence, and co-edited with Umar Bin Hassan, On A Mission: Selected Poems and a History of the Last Poets (1996). He published his first poetry collection with 2Leaf Press, Branches of The Tree of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole 1969-2013 (2Leaf Press, 2014), released the rap CD, 25 Years (1996), and the song albums, Gratitude (Sons Rising Entertainment, 2014), and Love Has No Season (2014). Oyewole received his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Communications at Shaw University, an M.A. in Education at Columbia University, and is a Columbia Charles H. Revson Fellow (1989). Over the years, Oyewole has collaborated on more than a dozen albums and several books. He writes poetry almost every day, travels around the world performing poetry and teaching workshops, gives lectures on poetry, history and politics, and holds a weekly salon for artists, poets and writers in his home in Harlem, New York. www.abiodunoyewole.net

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Contributors

To find out more information about BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED and the contributors, visit the website at www.blacklivesalwaysmattered.

Kimberly Ashby
Victorio Reyes Asili
Dedria Humphries Barker
Tara Betts
Melba Joyce Boyd
Charlie R. Braxton
Lisa Braxton
Alan Britt
Kim Garrett Brown
Layla D. Brown-Vincent
Wanda Easter Burch
Anna Christian
Janel Cloyd
Ali D. Collins
Sean K. Conroy
Brittny Ray Crowell
Fikisha Lois Cumbo
Gabrielle David
Christina Marie Douyon
Melissa Dunmore
Angel C. Dye
Christine E. Eber
Gil Fagiani
Karen Ford
Clara B. Freeman
Stephanie P. Freeman
F.I. Goldhaber
William L. Harris
Emmanuel D. Harris II
Sean C. Harrison
JoeAnn Hart
Amelia Simone Herbert
Maria James-Thiaw
Esther Whitman Johnson
Cynthia Leann Jones
Je’Lesia Marie Jones
Quincy Scott Jones
S. Baltimore Jones
J. Kates
Bettye Kearse
Bernard Keller
Erren Geraud Kelly
Yael Kenan
Kwaku O. Kushindana
Shirley Bradley LeFlore
Felipe Luciano
Rasaq Malik
Michelle Mann
Kiara Manosalvas
Samantha McCrory
Ronnie McGrath
C. Leigh McInnis
Marcia L. McNair
Bob McNeil
Jesús Papoleto Meléndez
George Cassidy Payne
Michael Reid
Herbert Ricks Jr.
Debra R. Riley
DaChardae Roncoli
Ellin Sarot
Jeffrey A. Scott
Ammy Sena
Heather Siegel
Mary McLaughlin Slechta
John Warner Smith
Shanna L. Smith
Mark B. Springer
Ayhia E. Stephenson
Adam Szetela
Vagabond
Jason Nicholas Vasser
Carletta Joy Walker
Randolph Walker
Jalayna Walton
Vicki L. Ward
Kimmika L. H. Williams-Witherspoon
Tim Wood
Deva Rashida Woodly
Thelma Zirkelbach

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