Given by Wilma Owens February 14, 2021

We continue to celebrate Black History month by talking about the many African-American poets. James Weldon Johnson wrote Lift Every Voice and Sing, the national anthem to millions of black Americans. Langston Hughes wrote about the frustrations of being black in America. Amanda Gorman is currently America’s youngest poet laureate. She speaks on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization. These are just a small fraction of the great poets over the last 250 years. Words matter.