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Poetry Foundation executives step down

The president and board chair of the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation have stepped down following an open letter criticizing its response to nationwide protests against racist policing. More than 1,800 people signed the letter pledging not to work with the foundation until President Henry Bienen and Board Chair Willard Bunn III resigned and it redirected some of its more than $250 million endowment toward anti-racism efforts.

The letter called the foundation’s initial response to be “worse than the bare minimum.”