In the streets of America, the rage is clear. How do we bottle all that energy before it goes away or gets ground into dust or slips from memory or becomes statistics on the laptops of newsrooms across the world or textbooks in schools? History, to become useful, must be used as lessons for today. In today’s space, fresh upon this latest wave of needless police violence, how do we convert the power and energy in the streets, to sustain power at all levels? Power in the streets, power in the suites.
Please join our discussion on June 16 at 7 p.m., when veterans of the civil rights and black power movements, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and representatives of the new movements for black lives, look at lessons learned from Newark, N.J., 50 years ago, when we converted the energy of the Newark rebellions and street organizing to change the power alignment in the city, forever!
In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at email@example.com.
We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."