Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow: Teaching the ongoing murders of black men

By Renée Watson:

Emmett Till. Medgar Evers.
Henry Dumas.
Fred Hampton.
Mulugeta Seraw.
Amadou Diallo.
Sean Bell.
Oscar Grant.
Trayvon Martin.
Jordan Davis.
Eric Garner.
Michael Brown.

There is a history in our country of white men killing unarmed black boys and men with little to no consequence. I taught the murders of Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo, using Willie Perdomo’s “Forty-One Bullets Off-Broadway” as the model poem, to a class of 7th graders (“From Pain to Poetry,” fall 2008). But then there was Trayvon Martin, then Jordan Davis, then Michael Brown, and the list keeps growing.

 

Click here to read the rest, including some powerful, powerful poems: Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow: Teaching the ongoing murders of black men

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