Plattsburgh State celebrated Black Poetry Day on Thursday to highlight the importance of African American literature.
Plattsburgh has been hosting a Black Poetry Day celebration for nearly 35 years. It was originally held in libraries around town and eventually moved to the PSUC. Black Poetry Day is celebrated on the birthday of the first African American poet, Jupiter Hammon.
Poet and Professor Camille Dungy visited PSUC as the day’s guest, reading some of her work to listeners in Krinovitz Auditorium. She said that she was very excited to visit PSUC.
“I love sharing my work with students. I want to teach students that poetry is a viable and necessary mode of communicating our hopes and fears,” she said.
Dungy talked about her own works and how it fits in with American society, as well as Black Poetry Day. Dungy will be reading from the 2011 American Book Award winner “Suck on the Marrow.”
Professor Tracie Church-Guzzio coordinated this event, and said not only do the poets that are invited read their works, but they are also invited to participate in some in-class work as well.
Church-Guzzio said that Black Poetry Day is so important because she believes that there is a lack of education on the contribution of African American art.
“We wouldn’t really have an American poetic form without the contribution of African American poets.”
PSUC history sophomore Conor Yankovich, said he believes black poetry is important. He said his favorite black poet would have to be Robert Johnson or even Kendrick Lamar. He said he likes the work because while they are used as songs, he feels that it is poetry in a way and he said it tells a story others might not have heard.\ “I think all forms of black art is important- music, paintings, writings. They can explain things that others wouldn’t necessarily understand,” he said.
Dungy said she believes more African American poetry should be taught in classes. She said not just African American poetry though, all forms of indigenous poetry should be taught. Whatever represents who we are, we should be reading.
“Many years ago, when Rita Dove was the Poet Laureate of the United States, I went to a Barnes and Noble to buy her newest book. I couldn’t find it on the poetry shelf, and when I asked about it the clerk told me they did have it and walked me to the African American literature section,” Dungy said. “She should have been categorized in the poetry section as well as the African American Literature section.”
Dungy spoke about the social injustice within the black community.
“If you live in a community that is not aware of social injustice that is all around us, then it would become your job to be the voice that helps to raise awareness,” she said. “Poetry is an avenue to help in this way.”
Dungy shared that she been feeling “immense pride,” saying noting the showrunner for the hit series “Luke Cage” was a college classmate of hers. She said that this really showed how words and hard work can create such a great and positive change.
“Through poetry we can direct our attention toward beauty and action, toward potential and growth,” she said.
Email Cardinal Points at firstname.lastname@example.org
The self education industry is a $355 Million per day industry and is expected to TRIPLE in the next 5 years! And with the right strategy this could be your opportunity to: Get in early before it is oversaturated. Help others go faster while you get paid Fix a broken system Make an impact on the world Get paid for a skill, hobby, passion or expertise you already have (or get paid from someone else’s) And Tony Robbins, Russell Brunson and Dean Graziosi are finally going to show YOU how to take advantage of it… (Now if you don’t already know who these 3 guys are then you’ll want to listen up!! They’ve impacted millions of lives and have generated billions of dollars) Look, if you’ve ever thought about (or even if you never thought about) getting paid for something you know (like a passion or a skill)... or even getting paid from what others know, then you have to attend. This is one of the fastest growing industries online and in all areas of the world. And for the first time ever they’re doing a webclass training on how to extract your wisdom (or somebody else’s) and get other people to pay you for it! You can save your spot here (and when you do register, you’re immediately going to get a brand new, never before seen training from Tony and Dean. No one else will ever get a chance to see this rare training except for us). kbbmint.com After hearing what they’re teaching, I truly believe this is the #1 way to make a massive income, make a massive impact on the world and leave a legacy! And here’s just a fraction of what you’ll learn this week: The mostly hidden $129 Billion dollar market and how you can make a massive impact and leave a legacy by profiting from it. The KBB Triangle: The 3 ways to profit (whether you’re an expert with a thriving business, just getting started, or even if you’re at complete rock bottom) The framework to profit from what you (or someone else) already knows - or by creating community and bringing people together. Plus you’ll even be able to ask them questions when they do Q&A at the end of the training. (Chat is limited so show up early). There’s no other time where you’re going to have this opportunity. So BE THERE! Because if you’re not going to make a shift in your life now, then when? And if not with these guys, then let me ask with who? This is your rare chance to learn from 3 people who started from nothing and went on to generate billions of dollars and build massive companies. Spots are filling up faster than they ever have, so you need to hurry and go here to save your spot https://kbbmint.com Register now and I’ll see you there this week - Plus they did a few brand new “pre-event” trainings that only those who register get access to. Talk soon