Black Words Matter: The Poetry of Baltimore’s Children

the poetry of baltimore's children

Baltimore’s Kids, in Their Own Words

Writers in Baltimore Schools is a “a program that provides low-income middle school students with a vibrant environment for literary development through in-school, after school, and summer creative writing workshops taught by Baltimore college students.” The program hosts Black Words Matter write-ins, where students can write about their lives, about racism or police brutality. On May 3, 2015, two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray, WBS held a write-in. The student poems from that day are strikingly sophisticated and often haunting. In the past month, a great deal has been written about Baltimore’s youth but very little from Baltimore’s youth has made into the mainstream press. The literary website Real Pants recently published four poems by young participants in the program.

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