Day 13

Recently, when life has felt absolutely relentless and the cocktail of rage and exhaustion push our backs up against the wall, it’s the words of Lucille Clifton that have soothed like a cool balm. More than a poet, she was a wise elder who came to remind us of our transcendent power and brilliance as Black people. She lavished love on us all, but especially Black women. For that, and the things she taught us about resilience, reinventing yourself, and loving the Blackity Black skin you’re in, we celebrate her on day 13 of Black History Bootcamp.



Day 13: We are the #DaughtersOf Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton was the GOAT. The fact that we are not all walking around quoting her like we do Jay-Z or Drake is beyond understanding. She could have stepped into a booth with either of them, holding a cup of chamomile tea, and whispered two bars (because she liked to get to the point), drop the mic and walk out. It would have been over. Her words are so stunning. So precise. So full of celebration for Black people. You could quote only Lucille Clifton poems for the rest of your Instagram life and you would never run out of profound things to say. And this masterful body of work came from a woman who wrote for 30 years before being published. A woman who had six children and buried two, but still kept on living and producing beautiful art.  There is so much to learn from this legendary writer. Don't miss the conversations. 


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Lucille Clifton said, "I would like to be seen as a woman whose roots go back to Africa, who tried to honor being human. My inclination is to try to help.”

What do you want to be seen as?


- MUSIC: Daughters of Lucille Clifton A Spotify Playlist

- WATCH: Lucille Clifton & Sonia Sanchez: Mirrors & Windows

- WATCH: What Poetry Is, Lucille Clifton 

- READ: Remembering Lucille Clifton, The New Yorker


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