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April is poetry month and what better way to celebrate than to honor Sonia Sanchez, poet, professor, national and international lecturer on black culture and literature, and human rights activist! Speakers include Dr. Sonia Sanchez, Dr. John Bracey, Jessica Care Moore and Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti. This is a day of film, poetry and discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (313) 494-5800.

“Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes, she roars.”  Maya Angelou

About the Film:

The prodigious Sanchez has been on the front lines of art and activism for 60 years—teaching, writing, performing, protesting. She was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement, fought to establish the first university Black Studies program in the country, and has exerted a widely acknowledged influence on the hip-hop and spoken word movements. But, her commitment to justice for all people has come at a cost, and this intimate portrait captures the breadth of Sanchez’s rich and often unsettled life. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is a performance-packed I’m, featuring interviews and appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, John Bracey, Ursula Rucker, Ruby Dee, Haki Madhubuti, Imani Uzuri, Bryonn Bain, Jessica Care Moore, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and more.

This award-winning 90-minute documentary, completed in 2015, is a must-see for audiences from high school age on up. Educators, poets, historians, lovers of the written and spoken word, and seekers of justice will rediscover history and find inspiration and entertainment in the dynamic life of Sonia Sanchez.

Check out the movie trailer:

Please read, share and attend this unique and important Detroit historical and literary event with family, friends, and students.

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