Black Poetry : ESPN Publishes Poetry Tribute To Asatta Shakur

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    In the Spirit of Revolution,

    ESPN Publishes Poetry Tribute To Asatta Shakur

    ... The first poem in the series is called “Revolution” and it’s dedicated to Asatta Shakur, an icon among black power enthusiasts who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 1977. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984, where she’s been hiding ever since.

    An excerpted portion of the poem, written by DaMaris B. Hill, a creative writing and African American studies professor at the University of Kentucky, reads:

    Revolution is the impulse

    that follows. It’s a relative that

    wrings you ’round the elbow,

    a human leash to snatch you

    from dreaming. The last time

    I saw revolution, she was being dragged

    on her tip toes and screaming

    Shakur, whose real name is Joanne Deborah Chesimard, was the first woman to be named on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list and the FBI is currently offering a $1 million reward for information leading to her arrest.

    APRIL 27, 2017 By Bre Payton