Sonia Sanchez to speak in Bucknell Griot Institute’s Civil Rights Series

LEWISBURG – Sonia Sanchez, author, poet and activist, will give a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Griot Institute for Africana Studies series “The Civil Rights Movement: Fifty Years Later.”

Sanchez speaks internationally on black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace and racial justice. Finding her voice in poetry, Sanchez evolved from a shy child with a stutter into a force of the Black Power movement of the 1960s. She was also at the forefront of the Black Studies movement and taught the first university course offered in the United States on black women.

A prolific author, Sanchez has written more than 16 books, including “Homecoming,” “We a BaddDDD People,” “Love Poems,” “I’ve Been a Woman,” “A Sound Investment” and Other Stories,” “Homegirls and Handgrenades,” “Under a Soprano Sky,” “Wounded in the House of a Friend,” “Does Your House Have Lions?,” “Like the Singing Coming off the Drums,” “Shake Loose My Skin” and “Morning Haiku.”

She has published numerous plays, including “Black Cats” and “Uneasy Landings” and “I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t.” The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review is an academic journal devoted to critical examination of her work.

Sanchez, who was the poet-in-residence at Bucknell in 2002, is the recipient of numerous honors for her writing and service, including the Lucretia Mott Award, the American Book Award for “Homegirls and Handgrenades,” the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities, the Peace and Freedom Award from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts (1992-93), and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award, among many others.