Monday, April 20, 2015

Library Week's Aspiring Writers

If you have ever chopped cotton, taken castor oil or eaten collard greens
 on special occasions, then you just might relate to Litric Mingo's poetry. 

The Gees Bend native and Selma resident recited poems about her childhood 
and culture at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library during 
National Library Week. She is one of several local aspiring writers
 who spent an hour presenting original works, published or not. 

Mingo recited poems from a collection she plans to self publish.While she
 has written many poems,  it was her very first one, "Freedom Movement," 
that propelled her to prominence at her school in Boykin.  
Eventually, because her writing expressed the emotions of young people
 so well during a time of social change, she was chosen as one
 of 17 minority youth for a two-week trip to France. 

Many of Mingo's poems are humorous, but others, such as "Morning Glory"
 and "Today," reflect her positive outlook. Still others convey determination
 to rise above the circumstances of her Civil Rights Era youth. 

More about Litric Mingo can be found HERE. 

1 comment:

William Kendall said...

A strong portrait shot of her.