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Poet & writer Kwame Dawes interviewed African-American women in Sumter, South Carolina about their lives growing up in the Jim Crow South. He transformed those recollections into poems and I set many to music. This piece has played a few times, most notably at the 2006 Poetry International...
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Red Room interviews author April Sinclair at the San Francisco Public Library after an event during Litquake 2007, San Francisco's annual literary festival.
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This video was made for a project. Comments are appreciated. Enjoy! Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak...
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Maya Angelou reads her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton. (The audio gets a little out of sync early on but only lasts around 10 seconds.)
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Author Ishmael Reed appears at Litquake 2007, San Francisco's annual literary festival.