For The Love Of Wisdom –  William Edward Burghardt Du Bois – Being The Problem

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) It dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others—shut out from their world by a vast veil. For the world I longed for, and all its dazzling opportunities, were theirs, not mine. Why did God make me …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Gary Younge – Thriving Against Racism

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Gary Younge (January 1969 -) With racism, cynicism and intolerance on the rise, wages stagnant and faith that progressive change is possible declining even as resistance grows. Things look bleak. The propensity to despair is strong, but should not be indulged. Sing yourself up. Imagine a world in which you might thrive, for which there …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Lorraine Hansberry – Depression

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Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930–January 12, 1965) It is curious how intellectual I have become about the whole thing… [about] what I apparently am. My unhappiness has become a steady, calm quiet sort of misery. It is always with me and when for a moment something or other stirs me from its immediate ravages (thank …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Neil deGrasse Tyson – Transformation

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Neil deGrasse Tyson (October 05, 1958 -) Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers …

Wise Poets – Ntozake Shange – Magic

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Ntozake Shange (October 18, 1948 -) My Father Is A Retired Magician my father is a retired magicianwhich accounts for my irregular behavioreverythin comes outta magic hatsor bottles wit no bottoms & parakeetsare …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Booker T Washington – Success

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Booker T Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Josephine Baker – Differences

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Josephine Baker (June 03, 1906 – April 12, 1975) Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Audre Lorde – The Transformation of Silence

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Audre Lorde   (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Miles Davis – Taking Credit

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) I hate how white people always try to take credit for something after they discover it. Like it wasn't happening before they found out …

For The Love Of Wisdom – August Wilson – The Blues

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) Blues is the bedrock of everything I do. All the characters in my plays, their ideas and their attitudes, the stance that they adopt …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Sonny Rollins – Being Human

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Sonny Rollins (September 07, 1930 -) It’s not a matter of your intelligence or anything. You have to have a gift. Just as, I’m sure, for other professions. […] I came upon these …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Zinzi Clemmons – Writers

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Zinzi Clemmons l never felt like I had a tribe that I could belong to without some qualification – ‘you are this, but’… That kind of experience is what makes you a writer …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Bob Herbert – Wealth

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Bob Herbert (March 07, 1945 -) Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment …

Wose Poets – Nikki Giovanni – Beautiful Black Men

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Nikki Giovanni (June 7, 1943 -) Beautiful Black Men (With compliments and apologies to all not mentioned by name) i wanta say just gotta say something bout those beautiful beautiful beautiful outasight black …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Ralph Ellison – Shame

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1913– April 16, 1994) I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed. Photo …

For The Love Of Wisdom – LeBron James – Race

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. LeBron James (December 30, 1984 -) No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.   …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Richard Wright – Hunger For Life

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Richard Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send …

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – Stand Undiminished – The Poem

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Tao Writer  (April 17, 1948 -) Stand Undiminished-The Poem Taken from my motherland in chainsto travel waters unknown by me,to toil in soil unfamiliar to my hands.Forced to speak a languagewhich does not …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Harriet Tubman – Strength

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Harriet Tubman   (c.1822 – March 10, 1913) Always remember,  you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.   Photo …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Jamaica Kincaid – Writing

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Jamaica Kincaid (May 25, 1949 -) When I start to write something, I suppose I want it to change me, to make me into something not myself. And while I'm doing it, I …

Wise Poets – Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Women

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, writers, and musicians. Maya Angelou (April 04, 1928 - May 28, 2014) Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's sizeBut when I start to tell them,They …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Lyndon B Johnson – Race

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Lyndon B Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973) We believe all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings because of the color …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Martin L King On Satisfaction

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Martin L King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) No, no, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.   …

Wise Poets – Derek Walcott – Bleecker Street

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Derek Walcott (January 23, 1930 – March 17, 2017) Bleecker Street, Summer Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor, for the eternal idleness of the imagined return, for rare flutes and …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Frederick Douglass – Reflection

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Frederick Douglass (February 02, 1818–February 20, 1895) The process by which man is able to posit his own subjective nature outside of himself, giving it form, color, space, and all the attributes of …

For The Love Of Wisdom – James Baldwin – Freedom

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In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. James Baldwin   (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to …