Academic journal article Language Arts

Voices from the March on Washington

Academic journal article Language Arts

Voices from the March on Washington

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Voices from the March on Washington Written by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon Wordsong, 2014, 114 pp., ISBN 978-1-62091-785-5

Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and renowned poet George Ella Lyon collaborate for a fictionalized account of one of the pivotal moments in US civil rights history. Situated in the epic March on Washington of 1963, Lewis and Lyon uniquely weave together a variety of voices, both real and imagined-not from the podium, but from those marching in the crowd that day. In over 70 largely first-person poems, the poets evoke the call for racial equality in America and reflect the diversity of those participating in the march, those young and old, black and white, educated and underprivileged, supporters and those who are against the March. Many poems have a speaker's name, age, occupation, and hometown noted underneath the title.

Together, the diverse voices emphasize the importance of the call to reclaim a more equally just community and how the March transformed their lives on this important day. …

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