Sonia Sanchez, a long-respected poet, activist and member of the Black Arts Movement, will be speaking on campus on Tuesday November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Razzo Hall. She will read some of her latest work and lecture on the topics of black art and politics.
Sanchez’s work consists of 16books of poetry as well as children’s stories and plays. Her works often reflect the struggles of equality between various groups of people across race, gender, and culture.
Stylistically, Sanchez often deviates from traditional styles, using vernacular and loose structure to convey deeper senses of culture and voice through her work. Her poems emphasize strength in oneself, especially in the moments of opposition.
Sanchez also has a 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She has taught as a professor as eight universities and has lectured at hundreds across the country on the topics of racial equality, women’s liberation and peace. Sanchez is a current poet-in-residence at Temple University, where she was also the first Presidential Fellow. She began working there in 1977, where she held the Laura Carnell chair until her retirement in 1999. She has also been a pioneer in establishing many branches of African American studies.
She has also been an influential advocate of several groups including the National Black United Front, the Civil Rights Movement, and was a member of CORE, the Congress for Racial Equality.
Her visit has been organized by Esther Jones, Assistant English Professor and E. Franklin Frazier Chair in African American Literature, Theory, and Culture in the English Department. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow immediately afterwards.