Melisa Malvin

Music and musings

“Civil Unrest” Published in Silver Birch Press

“Civil Unrest” Published in Silver Birch Press

It is an honor to have my poem “Civil Unrest” published in the “When I Moved Poetry and Prose Series” found here at Silver Birch Press

I’m thankful Silver Birch Press encouraged me to write the “note from the author” — it reminds me how much this poem personally means to me.

And… as a little tidbit, here is the footnote I am including with this poem in my upcoming chapbook with Yak Press: “‘Pretty Hunger Striker’ is a term a journalist used in an early 1960s newspaper article to describe my mother, Judiana Francis, as a participant in a hunger strike with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to fight against the Los Angeles Board of Education for having de facto segregation in the city’s schools. A particular concern was the segregation of Jordan High School as compared to South Gate High School.”