January 11, 2021
Episode 93

A Light for the World to See: Kwame Alexander on Race, Justice, Poetry, and Hope

In the week before this episode airs, the sickness and violence in our country again came into harsh focus. An insurrection, spurred by the delusional, hateful, and outgoing President of the United States resulted in five deaths and the desecration of the seat of our government.

This episode has healing. This episode has magic. This episode has Kwame Alexander.

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including THE UNDEFEATED, HOW TO READ A BOOK, THE WRITE THING,  SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. He’s also the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that aims to Change the World One Word at a Time. His new book Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope is now available.

Listen:

Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts

Sources for audio clips

2015 Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet: Kwame Alexander Newbery Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnh3JNCMLq8
Year In Review: A Look Back At The Racial Justice Movement In 2020 | Craig Melvin | MSNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e58uaCQDCwc
Impact of the 2020 March on Washington for racial justice - CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuEO1KkuiG4
The Power of Yes | Kwame Alexander | TEDxHerndon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkTn3l2FnIY
Kids Learn Ingredients of a Poem with Kwame Alexander and TCM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDTmswL2cf0
Aknowledging America's Racist Past  (around 8:22)
The Racist Origins of the U.S. Police Force - AJ+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayUQmnLCHEg
Jericho Brown around 14:39
The art of words | Jericho Brown | TEDxEmory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DsG-tMZjKY
Muhammad Ali (around 20:00)
Greatest Muhammad Ali Trash Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=076sG0IJhPg
Arthur Miller Killing (around 25:48)
The Police Killing of Arthur Miller, 40 Years Later - Center for Brooklyn History https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sFWdhNzFs4
Library Cuts (around 33:30)
Sharon Draper on library budget cuts - American Library Association https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYjQtGAPLYs
Book in a day
Book In A Day Promotional Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6MRXkMdEVs
NPR Community Poem
Running For Your Life': A Community Poem For Ahmaud Arbery - NPR Morning Edition https://www.npr.org/2020/05/27/862339935/running-for-your-life-a-community-poem-for-ahmaud-arbery
Outro
The art of words | Jericho Brown | TEDxEmory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWLlOSHLwG0

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle