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Every Person Is a Philosopher 2011 Annual Benefit
Wed, June 01, 2011 5:30PM to 8:00PM (Central)
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Every Person Is a Philosopher 2011 Benefit is an anniversary celebration honoring founders Deborah Epstein, Sunny Fischer, and the late Hal Adams.

Conversation:
  • David Ritz, Grammy-winning music biographer, essayist, and lyricist. His work includes collaborations with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, and Janet Jackson.
  • Aaron Cohen, Associate Editor of DownBeat Magazine.

Readings:

  • Phyllis E. Roker, King Branch Library Writing Workshop in Bronzeville
  • Nena Adams, San Lucas Church Writing Workshop in Humboldt Park

5:30 pm - Cocktails
6:00 pm - Program
7:00 pm - Cocktails and hor d'oeuvres


My Walk Around the Sun

As of writing this
My walk around the sun has been 42 years,
6 months, 7 days, 23 hours and 14 minutes
My walk has created The History of Earlene M. Strickland

The main story happens to be my life
My African History
My American History
My Woman History
My History
All mine

The choice of what I like
The choice of what I believe

As I tell my sacred story
Others want to discount it, reword it, rewrite it,
But I need to demand recognition for my point of view
Because the right to tell my own story means power

My walk
Tells that I exist
That I am important
That I matter

Who chooses who matters?
I take that privilege out of their hands.

The Roman Empire, the great Pyramids
Some kings walk separate, some overlap
Napoleon’s walk, Caesar’s walk
Who chooses why
Their stories are more important than mine?

Earlene M. Strickland
Hall Branch Writing Workshop in Bronzeville

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