Posted: - By: Chlo'e Edwards
Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” is a powerful poem that draws on a range of influences, including her personal background and the African American experience in the United States. Its message of liberation and survival was a consistent theme in Angelou’s work. Years after it was published in 1978, the poem continues to reach readers and audiences, cutting across racial lines and national boundaries. Black History Month was founded to emphasize Black United States history and the accomplishments and resilience of the Black community and ancestors.
On February 26 at 12PM, Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia will launch a message chain centered around the theme, “Still We Rise,” to shape the Black culture’s narrative of turning obstacles into opportunities and tribulations into triumphs. Maya Angelou’s performance of the piece will jumpstart the message chain. Following, other Black poets, motivational speakers, and orators will perform their pieces centered around the theme.
Allies are invited to attend and respond to the different pieces, “hype up the performers,” when they speak, “respond,” “zoom clap,” and more. The Still I Rise poem cuts across racial and ethnic boundaries, the goal is to create an inclusive space and for the room to be reflective of the support Black individuals have within the community.
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