Begin the Change - One Book, Many Cities: "Resisting Arrest, Poems to Stretch the Sky"
Resisting Arrest, Poems to Stretch the Sky, an anthology
Saturday, February 18, 7pm
BEGIN THE CHANGE – ONE BOOK, MANY CITIES: Named one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 2016 *, Resisting Arrest, Poems to Stretch the Sky, edited by Howard University Professor Tony Medina, is both an important historical document, and an excellent poetry anthology. All proceeds from sales go to a scholarship fund administered by the Urban League.
An anthology of poetry addressing violence against African-Americans featuring work by Jericho Brown, Kwame Dawes, Rita Dove, Cornelius Eady, Martin Espada, Ross Gay, Jaki Shelton Green, Joy Harjo, Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jamaal May, Thylias Moss, Marilyn Nelson, Ishmael Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Quincy Troupe, Frank X Walker, Afaa MIchael Weaver, Mark Doty and more. Edited by Tony Medina. Proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the “Whitney M. Young Social Justice Scholarship” sponsored by The Greater Washington Urban League, Thursday Network. As an historical document Resisting Arrest captures the responses of 80 of the most eloquent minds and voices in our country, including 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, addressing the issue of violence against the African-American community.
Begin the Change - One Book, Many Cities is a program of readings, performances and discussions to be created across North Carolina in February, 2017. All programs will be designed through collaboration partners in their own communities.
Partners already signed on include Black Lives Matter Greensboro, Moral Monday activists, students and teachers from NC A & T, Saint Augustine’s College and UNC Wilmington, Greensboro Committee on Social Equity, Cucalorus International Film Festival, YWCA, anti-racism groups in Durham and Winston-Salem, as well as various bookstores, libraries, religious organizations, poets, actresses and actors, and dance groups.
The programs throughout February will be designed to facilitate discussions addressing the issues of race, violence, healing and personal and community action. We hope people will explore. While initially centered around the issues raised in Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky, it will not be limited to that.