Tue, Mar 26|
Sankofa Video, Books, & Café
Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance
Calling all Revolutionary Poets and Writers! This is the book for you! Ewuare X. Osayande will grace our stage to discuss his new book, Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance: The Poetry Anthology (1993-2023)! With a title like that how could you miss this event?
Time & Location
Mar 26, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
About The Event
About the book:
Ewuare X. Osayande’s Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance is the poetic testament of the post-Civil Rights generation. Spanning 30 years and including five previously published books along with new and unpublished poems, this anthology is the crowning achievement of a poet-scribe who is a faithful witness to the freedom stride of his people. In Our Breath, Osayande is our impassioned ambassador of Blackness, extolling the virtues of justice as love in poems that read like psalms and proverbs for a world on fire.
Known for his unsparing critiques of white supremacy, sexism, and class oppressions, Osayande’s writings champion movements for justice and liberation across the United States and around the world. Covering the major political and cultural events of this generation, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the election of Baraka Obama, Black Lives Matter, the neo-fascist rise of Donald Trump, COVID-19 and the far-right attack on Black history, Our Breath is a living chronicle of our times. At times incendiary, these verses pulsate with a musicality that is influenced by be bop, hip hop and the blues. Osayande’s poetry is revolutionary for its insistence of Black humanity at a time when Black life is under constant assault.
The influence of the Black Arts Movement of the late Sixties is evident throughout this epic work. His earlier works, Blood Luxury and Whose America? featured introductions by leaders of the movement Amiri Baraka and Haki R. Madhubuti. Amiri Baraka has called Osayande “one of the United States’ most important poets.” With Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance, Osayande emerges as the eminent voice of the Black Arts Movement in this time.
Osayande’s poetry serves as a portal opening a bridge between the past and the present. These poems embody a reverence for Black ancestors as distilled wisdom for the future with the urgency of justice now. From the first poem to the last, Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance teaches us how to honor our shared humanity in resilient community with the world
About the author:
Ewuare X. Osayande is a poet, essayist, publisher, institutional change agent, social justice activist and anti-oppression educator.
He is the author of more than ten books, including Black Phoenix Uprising, Whose America?: New and Selected Poems and Commemorating King: Speeches Honoring the Civil Rights Movement. In 2012 Osayande edited and published Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, a global anthology of social justice poetry that raised thousands of dollars for both justice campaigns. His other books include, Misogyny and the Emcee: Sex, Race and Hip Hop.
His most recent book is Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance: The Poetry Anthology (1993-2023). Dr. Joyce A. Joyce, Associate Professor of English at Temple University writes “As a revolutionary poet, Osayande embodies the best of the African and African American literary and political traditions. He advances the mission of the Black Arts Movement by opening an intellectual portal through which Black people and our allies can work to change our reality. With Our Breath is the Whisper of Our Ancestors’ Defiance, Osayande proves to be the poetic scribe of this defiant generation.”
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