Poetry has been around many of us since our early years. I am sure you can complete the end to Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. You might be able to recall the words to the masterpiece you wrote for that 3rd-grade poetry contest. The sounds of poetry have moved and continue to move us in so many ways. Poetry has been a part of history, the world, entertainment, movements and life.
How can we forget the power and conviction of the Last Poets. Many of us were moved to tears by Dr. Maya Angelou reciting “On the Pulse of Morning” at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Many put Love Jones on our top movie list just because of the words recited by Larenz Tate. You remember the line, Hey girl, Can I Be your slave girl…… These nouns, adjectives, phrases have moved men to overcome their greatest fear, to reach deep down to find the strength they did not know existed. Poetry has been the answer for so many throughout time. April 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. For this month, Watoto Whiz will honor and celebrate the rich history of African-Americans contributions to the world of poetry.
At Watoto Whiz, we understand the importance of culturally recognizing such distinguished poets as Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson just to name a few. Our goal this month is to help you introduce poetry into the life of your whiz kid. We hope your whiz kid can connect with poetry in good and challenging times. You never know, maybe your whiz kid may become the next poet who inspires the world.
Join us this month as we explore the world of poetry. Let’s have fun together!
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