A #consciousculturefriday salute to Poet and Activist Sonia Sanchez
In honor of poet Sonia Sanchez’s birth month (she was born September 9th) I thought it fitting to introduce some of you to her poet. Sanchez has been one of my favorites since back when I first saw the movie Love Jones (Nia Long did Sanchez’s Poem No. Three). You might have seen her talking about meeting Malcol X in the series Eyes on the Prize, or on The Cosby Show. For those of you who havent been exposed to her talents, check these two videos and tell us what you think in the comments section:
A little more about Sonia Sanchez:
Poet Sonia Sanchez born as Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the author of over a dozen poetry books (like Shake Loose My Skin, and Homegirls and Handgrenades) and has also written a number of plays (check out I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t and Other Plays) and children books. She was an influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement back in the day, and pioneered the fusion of musical formats with poetry. Sanchez has taught as a professor at eight universities and has lectured at over 500 college campuses across the US, including Howard University. She advocated the introduction of Black Studies courses in California and was the first to create and teach a course based on Black Women and literature in the United States. She is currently a poet-in-residence at Temple University.