Protests have erupted around the country seeking for justice to be served in the case of Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. By now, you’ve seen the many photos of marches, die-ins and more. But there are other voices that are speaking in solidarity with Ferguson. These voices echo the many before them such as the great Maya Angelou. The poet was always had their rightful place in helping move the narrative of a people’s struggle along from the Harlem Renaissance to now.
One author, poet, activist and mother who is always making sure Black Lives Matter is Mahogany L. Browne. In her two minutes and twenty-three seconds we are reminded that “Everywhere is Ferguson.” Browne is also a mentor with Urban Word NYC and Youth Speaks where she helps introduce young minds to the ways in which poetry can create change. If your teen has shown interest in poetry and writing, now may be a good time to get them involved with local organizations that support, nurture and teach them the power of their voices. To find such organizations, check out YouthSpeaks.org.
For now, we are listening in as Browne unravels the reality of constantly being a moving target of Black and Brown skin.
Mahogany L. Browne is the author of books including Swag & Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & listed as About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs and toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices, facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. She is the publisher of Penmanship Books, Director of Poetry & Friday Night curator of the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Photo By: Johnny Nguyen at Ferguson rally in Portland, Oregon.