Friday, October 16, 2009

Dr. Rashidah Abu-Bakr – Ode to an Old Piano

Last week was Amiri Baraka’s 75th birthday celebration. One of my tweeps Daoud Abu-Bakr posted pictures of the attendees.  One woman seemed familiar, below the caption was “my mother Poet Rashidah Abu- Bakr.”  This short film, created by director Ray Grist  features Dr. Abu-Bakr from her suite Music Magic.

I remember Dr. Abu-Bakr for her unique commitment of using poetry and theatre in workshops to regular folk.  Though the site is still all over the place, you can rely on the African American Literature Book Club for great content. They have a bio  of her here

Check out her most recent book of poems Canata for Jimmy.

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