Poets for Civil Rights at Movement for Change

By: Jeremie Samuel

Poet lovers gathered at the Movement for Change Center for a night of spoken-word this past Saturday. Poets expressed themselves in a variety of poems with perspectives on politics, love and war, religion and police brutality. The event was organized and emceed by local poets Scott Satterwhite and Quincy Hull.

Satterwhite opened the set with a poem about singer, actor and scholar Paul Roberson and his struggle to become an American icon despite prejudice. Meals were made available by Movement for Change for fundraising. As a civil rights organization, Movement for Change has taken stances for social justice in Pensacola since the mid-nineties. In the theme of social justice, the poets at the event shed light on social injustices and race issues that still exist in what has been thought a post-racial America.

“Post-racial America looks like plain racist old America to me,” Hull said performing a piece on politics. “Prison population is up amongst black men and women, unemployment in the black community is up, police terrorism and assassinations are up.”

Though many poets spoke on social issues, other poets spoke on aspects of life in general like family appreciation and life. Patriot X recited a poem called “Flowers Today” where he spoke about giving people their flowers while they are alive.

Poet Head Doc performed a few poems, one in which he expressed his concerns about preachers with luxurious taste, those who drive in “pretty cars and live like movie stars.”

“I’m an angry black man because it continues to be that I have to do the song and dance, every day and every place the juke and jive of staying alive.” Head Doc recited in his poem “Angry Black Man.”

Poets D’Change and Head Doc host The Art of Expression at Game plan on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Quincy Hull also hosts a poetry night at Sluggo’s on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.

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