On October 19, 2012 Sassafrass: A Celebration of the Genius of Ntozake Shange took place at African Voices Magazine. The concept was for poets, writers and all lovers of the works of Ntozake Shange to gather for a celebration of her words. The evening was hosted by Poets Lorenza Collins, Lorraine Currelley and Ekere Tallie.
An opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Ms. Shange and her contributions to the world of literature. To share her works with each other, uniting our collective thoughts and memories.
Along with reading Ntozake Shange’s words poet Robert Gibbons shared his poem A Sassafrass written for Ntozake Shange. Poet Lorraine Currelley shared her reflections of For Colored Girls and its impact on the poet, women and society as a whole.
Entering the reading area participating audience members and readers were met with ceiling mobiles of the books of Ntozake Shange. There was also a lovely exhibit of her books. Prior to and after the reading everyone enjoyed a table of organic beverages and delicious cupcakes baked by poet Lorenza Collins.
This was a grassroots comfortable gathering, attended by both adults and children. Formality was left at the door. There was the feeling of being at home and family and friends stopped by for a visit. Old friends greeted each other and those meeting for the first time became new friends.
Each poet’s reading was powerful, dynamic and filled with emotion. Clearly the love of Ntozake Shange illuminated the room.
Participating poets were Tai Allen, Asia, Lorenza Collins, Lorraine Currelley, Robert Gibbons, Shani Jamilia, Stephanie Kelly and Ekere Tallie.
A Celebration of the Genius of Ntozake Shange was an innovative concept and success. Both audience members and participating poets shared a desire to support and participate in future events. Thank you, Carolyn Butts for donating African Voices Magazine home and your continued support.
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