BLM

Since my son Cliff has been better able to express his thoughts and feelings on the movement, I’m sharing his latest poem with the hope it sparks change, and provides inspiration to jump start my own writing. We are each but one voiceScreams into shielded facesCascading chantsWords calculated and calmly spoken into a lensscribbledtypedstoriespoemsEach but one voiceGaining power as it transforms into a chorusAttempts to … Continue reading BLM

“This rigid refusal to look at ourselves may well destroy us” James Baldwin

Originally posted on Reconsidering James Baldwin in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter:
“particularly now” same as it ever was… We must look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what is at the core of our emotional reactions? What does this say about me, who I am as a person, and what I believe in? Reconsidering James Baldwin in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter View original post Continue reading “This rigid refusal to look at ourselves may well destroy us” James Baldwin

Notes of a Native Son

In keeping my promise to myself, I recently re-read James Baldwin’s collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son. The introduction, by Edward P. Jones, provided new insight into what had been an instinctive reaction on my part, that being related to Baldwin’s detached, philosophical approach to the white power structure and its relationship with Black America. The title of the recent PBS documentary, I … Continue reading Notes of a Native Son