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Active in the Black Arts Movement, Sonia Sanchez (1934—) often writes about the situation of urban African-Americans. Her politics changed over time; after the influence of Malcolm X, her integrationist views became more separatist—she even joined the Nation of Islam for a number of years. An advocate for African Americans, Sanchez has been a champion of Black Studies and created the department at San Francisco State University.

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Haiku and Tanka for Harriet Tubman

1

Picture a woman
riding thunder on
the legs of slavery    ...    


2

Picture her kissing
our spines saying no to
the eyes of slavery    ...    


3

Picture her rotating
the earth into a shape
of lives becoming    ...    


4

Picture her leaning
into the eyes of our
birth clouds    ...    


5

Picture this woman
saying no to the constant
yes of slavery    ...    


6

Picture...

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