Poet, Claude McKay, defined
Initially a neighborhood of mixed cultures, The Hill eventually became known as an all black community. The Hill has experienced, and continues to endure, the insistence of change. Some of these changes are culture erasures, others like The Ujamaa Collective, are culture keepers, preserving The Hill District's distinct cultural disposition and ambiance.
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Recently, I read an article about the writer, James Patterson, donating one million dollars of his money to independent book stores. Patterson says, "The government has stepped in to help banks, automobiles, anything where money is concerned, but nobody seems to care about books…"
Patterson's personal endorsement of literature prompted me to think about what I could do. The Collective -- mothers, sisters, grannies, daughters, aunties, friends – are serious about and manifest through community commitments, the "lift as we climb" concept. What better match? Executive Director, LaKeisha Wolf, and I spoke about how my work might benefit the Collective, and we decided on a poetry reading with all proceeds of my books donated to The Collective.
I am excited about this venture, and hope you will join me and poets Bekezela Mguni and Joy Kmt for this night of poetry.
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