Poet Angela Jackson (poetryfoundation.org/bio/angela-jackson) here reads an excerpt from Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "The Chicago Defender Sends A Man to Little Rock" (1957).
Angela performed this piece as part of "The People Speak, Live!" at the Metro Chicago on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People's History (peopleshistory.us) in collaboration with Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival (youngchicagoauthors.org).
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Idris Goodwin, narrator for the Metro Chicago show, said this in his introduction:
//Gwendolyn Brooks’ parents brought her to Chicago in 1917, when she was six weeks old. She went to Hyde Park, Wendell Phillips, and then Englewood High School. Published her first poem at 13 and by 16, she had published more than 75. Here, poet Angela Jackson reads from Brooks’ reflection on the violent integration of Little Rock High School in Arkansas.//