As the Poetry and Social Justice Fellow for Split This Rock, it’s been my honor and pleasure for the last year to build this searchable, shareable social justice poetry database for the beloved community.
The whole history of the poems entrusted to Split This Rock has passed through my fingers, and will soon pass into yours.
Today, I found this poem for the first time. It is everything. Ev-er-y-thing.
That poems like this (only shorter) will be shared at community meetings and organization meetings, in churches, at demonstrations, vigils, protests, among friends, at city councils, with students who will learn, sent to our representatives with issue letters — that makes me happy today. In just over a week, it’s all yours. For free.
We’re throwing a party on June 25th, 2015 to celebrate the launch. If you’re in DC, please come by. Details are on the Split This Rock event page on Facebook and our calendar at SplitThisRock.org. Poets and activists will read poems, I’ll show you how to use this gorgeous thing, DJ Phenomejon will keep us grooving, you can bid on fab auction items (including massage, tarot reading, and poem critiques — plus objects), and you’ll be invited to post poems in the database to your social media and look supercool.
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*Marilyn Nelson reads “Millie Christine” at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness, March 22-25 of 2012, in Washington, D. C.