Poet Kush Thompson was a 17-year-old senior at Orr Academy High School when she competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2012, representing her high school. For Colored Girls Who Considered Yaky she says is "a declaration of black beauty in definance to any practice that asks us to be anything but what we are."
Pick up a copy of Studs Terkel's Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession by either dusting it off your shelf, borrowing it from a friend, purchasing a copy, or checking it out from the library.
Joseph Lattimore was a 50 year old insurance broker when he spoke with Studs for the book twenty years ago. Joe died July 6 and in rememberance of his death, we want to highlight again his outspoken thoughts about the state of race in America.
Poet Asha Ransby-Sporn was a 17-year-old senior at University of Chicago Laboratory High School when she competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2012, representing her high school. Brown Girl Grows Up Black poetically recants Asha's ancestry given her mother's adoption as a child, which presents another take on racial identity.
This week we talk with Jim Capraro, who witnessed something so traumatic in Marquette Park in 1966 that he devoted his entire life to improving the economic vitality of the Southwest Side neighborhood.
Poet Ashley Gonzalez was an 18-year-old senior at Northside College Prep High School when she competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2008, representing her high school. 51 Stars is an intense look at collonialism in Puerto Rico, calling out the United States for the way the island - both its people and its land - has been treated.