A Brief History of Police Brutality: A Workshop by Linda Wiggins-Chavis

This summer Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL) hosted a variety of anti-racist educational programing to bring depth and specificity to Bethlehem’s conversations about race and anti-racism. One such program was a series of workshops on theories and histories of race and racial justice, facilitated by teacher, activist, and writer, Linda Wiggins-Chavis. Though the workshops are…

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Banana Factory Presents the Annual Resident Artists’ Exhibition

*Featured photo: “Darth Vase #1”– Deborah Slahta (ceramic and raku fired vase) Each year, the Banana Factory features an exhibit to celebrate the ongoing work of their resident artists. In the 2020 digital exhibition, installations include mystic glass panels of starry orbs, flowing acrylic petunia petals that blend with their background, and lonely rocking chairs,…

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“Ebony’s Flaws:” A Poem by Corey Riotz

Ebony’s Flaws: Spoken-word Performance Lyrics: See black is beautiful, I’d never change my color for another  But sometimes I feel like I can’t trust the others or my brothers  so it’s hard for me to stand here screaming black lives matter When genocide became  a cycle since that crack pipe shattered  And it’s so hard to…

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“Refuse Fascism”: A Poem by LindoYes!

“Refuse Fascism” Spoken Word Performance “Refuse Fascism” Lyrics They want to cut family ties, that have been knotted since history, With more stories than the tallest building, Small, but we are building! Brick by brick, from the wall they use to oppress us, to impress upon them! We will… Refuse Fascism Resist Hatred  Right wrongs…

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“The American Dream:” A Poem by Milo Wilson

“The American Dream” I woke up today in the dark…  Where other people’s words were clouding my judgement…  Where every mirror was either blacked out or shattered…  To them my wounds don’t matter as long as they can keep their stature…  I WOKE UP TODAY… IN THE DARK..  I couldn’t feel my heart..beat As I…

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Bradbury-Sullivan Queer Poetry Group Discusses Danez Smith’s “Don’t Call Us Dead”

On Thursday, July 23, people from the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia came together over Zoom to share their insights and reactions to Danez Smith’s powerful and haunting poetry collection, Don’t Call Us Dead. The Queer Poetry Reading Group discussion was hosted by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, and sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley…

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“RYDA”: A Poem by LindoYes!

“RYDA” Spoken Word Performance “RYDA” Lyrics I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Ghost   (Aye)   Where I’m going? No one knows   I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Ghost   (Aye)   Where I’m going? No one knows   I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Ghost   (Aye)   Where I’m…

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