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Ashley M. Jones, Alabama State's First Black Poet Laureate read her poem 'Manifest Destiny'

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Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on October 28, 2021 at 11:19am

Alabama’s Next Poet Laureate Writes Searingly About Race

Ashley Jones

The poet Ashley M. Jones wants far more than financial reparations to compensate for centuries of slavery and its legacies — though she would take a check. To her, true reparations require an enormous cultural evolution.

“You think money can ever repay what you stole?” she asks in her third poetry collection, “Reparations Now!,” which was published in September. “Give me land, give me all the blood you ripped out of our backs, our veins.”

“Give me the songs you said were yours but you know came out of our lips first,” she writes shortly after. “Give me back Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Give me back the beauty of my hair. The swell of my hips. The big of my lips. Give me back the whole Atlantic Ocean. Give me a never-ending blue. And a mule.”

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