The Poetry Foundation will celebrate Black History Month with a collection of poems, podcasts, and articles that explore African American history and culture.
Some of the poems the organization has featured on its website include:
- “Harlem” by Langston Hughes;
- “On Liberty and Slavery” by George Moses Horton;
- “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson;
- “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander;
- “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden;
- and “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou.
In addition, the featured articles include:
- “200 Years of Afro-American Poetry” by Langston Hughes;
- “The Black Poet as Canon-Maker” by Elizabeth Alexander;
- “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” by Langston Hughes;
- and “The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America: Something like a sonnet for Phillis Wheatley” by June Jordan.
The following podcasts have also been included in the organization’s sampler:
- The Poet and the Riot: Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem on the Chicago riots of 1968;
- No Images: Celebrating Black History Month with William Waring Cuney, Cornelius Eady, and Thomas Sayers Ellis;
- Follow the Drinking Gourd: Quraysh Ali Lansana channels the voice of Harriet Tubman;
- and Beautiful Voices Project: Harmony Holiday on Afrosonics, an archive of rare audio clips featuring African American voices.
Visit http://www.poetryfoundation.org/black-history-month/ for the full list of poems, podcasts, articles, and more.