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    The time cracks into furious flower. Lifts its face all unashamed. And sways in wicked grace.”

    – Gwendolyn Brooks

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    For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.”

    – Rita Dove

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    There is no depth to education without art.”

    – Amiri Baraka

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    I write to tell the truth about the Black condition as I see it. Therefore, I write to offer a Black woman’s view of the world.”

    – Sonia Sanchez

Educate. Celebrate. Preserve.

Taking its name from a line in Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem, “The Second Sermon on the Warpland,” our academic center originated in the acclaimed 1994 Furious Flower Poetry Conference, the first major conference on African American poetry since the 1970s.

This is the archive of that first revolutionary conference.
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