“Who Will Kneel For You: Artists Speak”
A project that aligns itself with the NFL campaign against racial injustice and is inspired by a poem by Kathy Engel. Artists include poets Alexis De Veaux, Naiomi Shihab Nye, Sandra Garcia Betancourt, E Ethelbert Miller.
What do words like freedom and democracy mean, today?
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Federal Hall, New York, Alexis De Veaux, Jericho Brown, Tina Chang & Aja Monet held a public participatory conversation on “Freedom: Personal, Artistic and Civic”.
The rhetoric of the past year’s presidential election cycle raised the specter of a divided America, the fallout and reverberations of which seem to threaten our basic democratic ideals and values. With fear and marginalization of the other on the rise, how can we rekindle our commitment to the ideal of freedom, and what does freedom in America even mean? What freedom means to them as writers, individuals and as citizens. They will share their work and that of others who have inspired them, sparking an open conversation with the audience.
Introduction to Love | Hope | Community
Sexualities & Social Justice in the Caribbean, Online Multimedia Edition
With thanks to Rosamond S. King & Angelique V. Nixon – Co-Directors, Caribbean International Resource Network for inviting myself and Alexis De Veaux to be part of this event.
by Alexis DeVeaux and Sokari Ekine
I pray for us
as evening glides over
implore the gods
pray for us pray
for this breathing
planet the milky way
no need for heaven
this is how it started:
way out beyond we
the sweet of your lips
dipped in promise
anxieties claim us
bark and skin
what we cannot
remember we give birth
“we have poetry so
we will not die