Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Remembering a Life" Read at MLK Celebration in Maryland

I discovered today that my poem "Remembering a Life" honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was read at a Hagerstown Community College celebration for MLK Day 2011. This is not the first time the poem has been recited at such an event. I started to learn of people reciting it and some of my other poems at special occasions around 2006, and I think I wrote about the recitations in 2008.

However, this event at HCC was captured on video by the area's local newspaper, the Herald Mail. You can watch the video here.

According to the paper's article:
"... and alumna Leticia West read a poem about King called “Remembering a Life” by Nordette Adams. ... The program concluded with a dramatic rendition of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Darin Mency of Greater Campher Temple."
You can identify Ms. West reading in the video because the screen shows her name and the poem's title as she reads part of the second stanza.

The poem was also read at an Oklahoma State University MLK program this year and at Tufts University, and in 2008 in Roanoke, Virginia, at a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of King's death a speaker quoted the poem.

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