Readings

Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till, 1955 (Public Domain)

Still The Bayou Cries: Remembrance Reading for Emmett Till – August 28, 2022 – 7:30pm
I am grateful to join the poets from WHERE WE STAND: Poems of Black Resilience, including Melanie Henderson, Truth Thomas, and more. We will read on August 28, 2022 at 7:30pm on Zoom. I will post the Zoom link here when it is set.

DiVerse Poetry Reading Series – March 2, 2023 – 7:00pm
I’m glad to return to this wonderful reading series in Montgomery County, Maryland. Thanks to Kristin Kowalski, Ferragut. The reading takes place at 7:00pm at the Casey Community Center, 810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

WHERE WE STAND: Poems of Black Resilience launched on April 10, 2022 at the American Poetry Museum in Northeast, Washington, D.C. Above are a few photographs from this beautiful event. L to R: Derrick Weston Brown reading, Poets J. Ross, Brandon Johnson, Kenny Carroll, Reuben Jackson, and Melanie Henderson, my poet-sister Melanie Henderson and me after the reading. I am so grateful for this poetry family.

Recently Recorded Readings

February, 2022 Gettysburg College, Martin Luther King Celebration
You can watch the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration sponsored by Gettysburg College, Harrisburg Area Community College and South Central Community Action Programs, SCCAP of Pennsylvania, HERE. Thanks to Nancy Whitman for inviting me to read from Raising King. The reading begins at the 25:50 mark. But there is great music all throughout. Don’t miss the Morgan State University Choir’s version of “Glory,” from the movie “Selma,” at the very end of the video.

https://www.sccap.org/mlk

May 15, 2021 The Gaithersburg Book Festival
I participated in an awesome discussion on poetry and social justice with Ethelbert Miller, Kim Roberts, and Tara Campbell. Watch the program here!

January 15, 2021 Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
Watch the Martin Luther King Day “Not Just Another Day Off” Reading here.

November 18, 2020 Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland
It was my honor to deliver the 2020 Robert l. Giron Global Humanities Lecture at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. You can read the address here.

September 14, 2020, “Why We Can’t Wait” 2020 Lucille Clifton Reading
2020 Lucille Clifton Reading from Raising King – Howard Country Poetry & Literature Society.

March 29, 2017 Enoch Pratt Free library, Baltimore, Maryland
Poetry & Conversation Reading with Brian Gilmore. This was a wonderful reading with poet and friend, Brian Gilmore. I read from ACHE in this recording and he reads from his awesome collection of poems, We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters.

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