NEW SPOKEN WORD PIECE – I AM MICHAEL BROWN

In August, when Michael Brown was killed, I received e-mails and phone calls from folks wondering if I’d write a poetry piece about Michael Brown as I did for Trayvon Martin. I had gotten so emotionally involved in the Trayvon Martin case and had given it a lot of energy, so when George Zimmerman was acquitted, I grew numb and hopeless. I lost all faith in our justice system.

After the death of Michael Brown, I had no desire to write about another unarmed black boy being senselessly killed as I felt like my words wouldn’t matter. There was an uproar around the murder of Trayvon Martin but George Zimmerman was acquitted. So I questioned if my words and poetic activism were in vain.

The non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson caused my numbness to dissipate and I began experiencing a myriad of other emotions. Some of those emotions are depicted in this video.

This may be labeled my most controversial piece, but my spirit moved me to write it, so I did.

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.

KavON WARD

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