Words of Protest, Words of Freedom

Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement and Era

(Book - 2012)
Words of Protest, Words of Freedom
This work is an anthology of poems from the civil rights era, from 1955 until 1975. The poems featured are grouped chronologically around major events of the time, including the Emmett Till lynching, the integration of Little Rock High School, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, and the rise of the Black Panthers.
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, ©2012.
ISBN: 082235103X
Characteristics: xvi, 358 [2] pages ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Coleman, Jeffrey Lamar editor.


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Apr 12, 2012
  • floy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I didn't like all the chapters equally (I liked the first chapter best) but I was inspired by the book. The authors ranged from people unknown to me to famous poets such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, W.H. Auden, Amiri Baraka, Robert Bly, John Berryman, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Sonia Sanchez, and Alice Walker among many others. But what was inspiring to me was the idea of writing poetry about current political events. I have lived through some incredible times and it never really occurred to me to document those times from my own perspective in a poem. I'm going to do more writing because of this book.


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