The Chicago Poetry Center Honors Dr. King in Milwaukee
On January 15th, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Milwaukee, WI. Our partners at Bader Philanthropies helped CPC build this Milwaukee partnership, and we couldn’t be more grateful to connect with the fabulous community at MLK Milwaukee. The Virtual Pop Up Assembly opened with a song beautifully performed by first grade students entitled “Sing About Martin.” After a warm welcome from MLK Elementary’s Principal Hayes, three CPC poets shared pieces about memorable childhood experiences, as well as a special poem by Nikki Giovanni.
Encouraged by all of the student participation in the chat, the CPC poets wrote beautiful impromptu “InstaPoems” about one lucky MLK Elementary scholar, and the audience enthusiastically voted on their favorite. During the Q&A session, the poets were impressed by the thoughtful student questions and were thrilled to talk about their favorite authors and to describe their artistic journeys.
What do CPC students write about in poetry residencies?
Watch this video from our Poets in Residenceto find out.
Student Poems to Kick Off the New Year
Support Residencies, Support Students
Join us on February 11 from 7-8 p.m. for No Love for Love: Quarantine Edition, our annual celebration, fundraiser, and non-traditional valentine to love in all forms, especially the love of poetry. Spend an hour with stories and poems that celebrate the power of our community and bring us together in a time of exceptional distance. A donation to CPC of any amount receives an invitation to this virtual event.
We wish you warmth and hope for an exciting new year
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