Good Morning Everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend as I did (recap forthcoming 🙂 ).
This evening at one of my favorite spots, Busboys and Poet, Sonia Sanchez will read from her new work, “Morning Haiku”. A collection of haikus that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African-American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism. She also pays homage to peace workers and civil rights activists from Rosa Parks and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to Brother Damu, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network.
Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama on September 9, 1934. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College in 1955, where she had also taken several creative writing courses. Later, Sanchez completed postgraduate work at New York University where she studied poetry.
Sanchez has taught as a professor at eight universities across the US. She advocated for the introduction of Black Studies courses in California. Sanchez was the first to create and teach a course based on Black Women and literature in the US. Sanchez was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University where she began working in 1977, where she held the Laura Carnell chair until her retirement in 1999. She is currently a poet-in-residence at Temple University.
March 22, 2010
2021 14th St. NW
This event is free and open to the public.