Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Nine titles celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Electric Lit Diana London tagged nine books that celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including:
Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

The poems of Danez Smith will leave you altered. Don’t Call Us Dead leaves readers with a deeper, more dimensional understanding of what motivated Dr. King and what motivates his successors to fight for what’s right. With lines like this one (from “Summer, Somewhere”),“we asked for nothing but our names / in a mouth we’ve known / for decades,” each stanza of these poems insists that we look directly at the injustice that’s become synonymous with our nation’s name, reminds us that “our decades betrayed us.”
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue