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Sonia Sanchez



Sonia Sanchez is an American award-winning poet, playwright, activist, author, and foremost figure in the Black Arts Movement. She is especially known for her blend of musical and traditional poetic formats, such as haiku and tanka.

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2008: Sonia Sanchez — Middle Passage

Sonia Sanchez performs her poem "Middle Passage" accompanied by guitarist Gerry De Mol.

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A Burst of Light and Other Essays

This path-breaking collection of essays is a clarion call to build communities that nurture our spirit. Lorde announces the need for a radical politics of intersectionality while struggling to maintain her own faith as she wages a battle against liver cancer.

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Lucille Clifton & Sonia Sanchez: Mirrors & Windows

Clifton & Sanchez - Mirrors & Windows 10/24/2001 at The New School, New York, NY. Moderated by Eisa Davis.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageI cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.

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A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader

In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makers—writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers—reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character.

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Sonia Sanchez’s Advice to Young Activists and Change-Makers

Envision Peace Museum fosters insight into the meanings and roots of peace while empowering visitors to overcome violence and injustice in their lives and in the world.

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What Does It Mean to Be Human? | Sonia Sanchez | TEDxPhiladelphia

In this captivating reading, legendary poet, activist and scholar Sonia Sanchez explores the most important question of the 21st century: What does it mean to be human?

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Five Questions with Sonia Sanchez

Stony Brook University’s “Five Questions With …” video series showcases leaders from every field, sharing ambitious ideas and imaginative solutions for education and the global future.

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Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

This work illuminates today's Black experience through the voices of transformative and powerful African American poets. Included in this volume are the poems of 43 African American wordsmiths, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Tracy K. Smith.

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Sonia Sanchez Speaks Truth to Power, Poetically [Interview]

A formalist with wide poetic range, Sanchez’s vast body of work includes poems that delve into themes that resonate with those who’ve known isolation’s dance.

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