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Black History Month poetry showcase to feature Flint poet, CMU student poets


A poetry showcase for Black History Month will feature Flint poet Ernest Mack of "Nobody Big Yet" and Central Michigan University student poets as special guests from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Pearce 127.

The event will also feature student poets from the Motions. The Motions’ OrgSync page describes it as “an organization that promotes expression through Poetry, Spoken Word and Creative Writing.”                         

The event is sponsored by Multicultural Academic Student Services. After the performance, there will be time for a question-and-answer session with the performers.

Mack was chosen because he’s a young Michigan poet whose work is relatable for many students, said Elayashia Kendall, Center for Inclusion and Diversity graduate assistant.

The event will include poetry about issues related to race, Kendall said. The poems will discuss experiences that are common for black Americans across different locations, she said.

“(This event shows) how the stories align even though we’re not from the same city or the same state,” Kendall said.

One example of Mack’s discussion of racial stereotypes is in one of his poems

“Just because of the color of my skin, people think I automatically love sports,” Mack says in the poem.