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Gone are the days of the plantations, slave masters, slaves, hangings and the whip. All the atrocities that we once endured are gone. We live just as good as white folks. We got nothing to worry about. If you believe any of this stuff, I wonder where you have been hanging out. In the early days racism was blatant. You knew that white folks didn’t like you. You knew how to carry yourself around them so as not to get them riled up and wind up hanging from a tree. There were signs that steered you to separate toilets, and water fountains. Signs that steered you to the back door of restaurants while the white folks went in the front door. They had the best seating in the house, while you were cramped up in a small space next to the smelly, greasy kitchen, or bathrooms. Your nose and clothing got soaked in the scents of cooked food or bodily wastes. Yes, you endured, just to be able to say that you could afford a …

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My Ancestors By Kristin Richardson Jordan   I dig for those in my family tree Closeted histories tucked away in the leaves Pain’s buried then deep with longings to forget And attempts to protect the children So now in this generation I dig through these leaves Fishing for remnants and missing memories Stories about how my people survived For there is great strength here tucked inside my family tree   _____________________   Friday April 29th – book launch at SISTER’S UPTOWN BOOKSTORE 1942 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10032 @ 6-8pm   Saturday April 30th – staged reading at FREEDOM HALL 113 W 128th St New York, NY 10027 @ 1-3pm   Sunday May 1st – book is available for purchase online on Amazon and PensUp.com

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MULES FIGHT BACK THIS Friday April 29th – book launch at SISTER’S UPTOWN BOOKSTORE 1942 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10032 @ 6-8pm THIS Saturday April 30th – staged reading at FREEDOM HALL 113 W 128th St New York, NY 10027 @ 1-3pm Sunday May 1st – book is available for purchase online on Amazon and PensUp.com Here is a video of me at the Bottoms Up Social… Mules Fight Back by Kristin Richardson Jordan is a poetic response to the famous Zora Neale Hurston reference that the Black Woman is the “mule of the world”. Raising questions like, “What happens after breathing becomes a privilege?” and making statements like, “America is the abusive mother I never should have had” this collection of poems and stories depicts Kristin’s own personal and political journeys (which are still in progress) and covers a variety of important topics including but not limited to the activism of occupy and black lives matter movements, sexuality, family heritage, nationality, body image, history and current events all through the lens of Black womanhood.

Our Lives Matter — Kristin Richardson Jordan

Our Lives Matter by Kristin Richardson Jordan Martin Garner Brown Boyd Bland Jones Smith Ferguson McKinney Baltimore Chicago I feel the need to slow down these names These stories that shoot like bullets in quick succession through our social media streams like the late(st) Akai Gurley This hate shoots first shoots to kill and plays […] via Our Lives Matter — Kristin Richardson Jordan