My essay, “A Great Law of Peace,” about my attempts to learn, live, and to teach peace will be appearing at ChildReach this coming week (a link will be forthcoming). I also learned that Open Thought Vortex (OTV) will be publishing my poems “Sevens,” “Mistake(s) by the lake,” and “Little Boy Blue(s)” about the cities of Windsor, Ontario, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Louis, Missouri.
I wasalso delighted to learn that the inaugural issue of Landlocked Lyres will be featuring my poems “City on the Hill,” “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” and “Warren Avenue.”
In the days following Dr. King’s assassination, Washington D.C. experienced the most destructive rioting in its history. I think that the disturbances which followed King’s murder are worth revisiting because of what they can tell us of the disparity between the promise of American life and its reality for many. I also think it is worth revisiting on account of the role of racism in shaping the physical, economic, psychological, and sociological landscape of urban and black life in the United States.
In the fall of 1968, the Washington Post put out a book on the riots which still stands as a valuable document that has helped me to understand a world I grew up adjacent to but also very far away from.
I am delighted that the London Free Press will be carrying my editorial on remembering Coretta Scott King and her children and recognizing the depths of their loss. The piece will appear tomorrow, the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s murder. I will post it once it is available.