UNITED STATES OF STRUGGLE: POLICE MURDER IN AMERICA
Four Decades of Protest Poetry By Gerald Lenoir
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(Advisory: This poem contains explicit lyrics.)
is a threat to justice everywhere."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
This is a full color book with poems and graphics that describe and depict police murder of Black people and the 21st century protest movement for change. It includes Once Again, a poem dedicated to George Floyd; Ode to Oscar, written for Oscar Grant; They Killed Kayla, in memory of Kayla Moore; and Ultimatum, a passionate poem that delivers a searing challenge to institutional racism. The publisher is Magnum Opus Publications, a family-owned, Black-owned company.
Gerald Lenoir an activist-writer-poet who has been writing poems about police brutality since the early 1980s. He writes that it's "an intractable problem tied to a dominant narrative that devalues and degrades the humanity of Black people and to structures that perpetuate inequality and white supremacy. Through all forms of communications and media, we must tell our story and rewrite our history."