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.”