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April 27, 2015
 

du bois in ghana

 
Evie Shockley

About This Poem

 

“For months, in late 2014 and early 2015, I had felt only able to write out of rage or despair. The black body count was mounting (as it had been before and continues to today) and no other emotions or motivations for creating seemed adequate to the enormity of the socially and legally sanctioned murders of black men and women taking place in the U.S. every week (or so it seemed).  Then I stumbled across the photograph of Du Bois I mention in the poem and started thinking about how he sustained his life-long commitment to the struggle against racism.”
Evie Shockley

 

Evie Shockley is the author of the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011).  She teaches at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

Photo credit: Stéphane Robolin

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