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Al Young and Harry Belafonte, KPFA Benefit at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA | 30 November 2011


Three years before “I Have a Dream” got preached,

the 1960 March on Washington

propelled us into DC. Once we reached

the Saturday when you were going on,

mean horseback cops reared up to stomp us. “Stop!”

one hollered in a trembling southern drawl.

“Let them kids live!” We thanked this rebel cop

with gut sighs, then we cut straight for the Mall.

You, Harry Belafonte, sang our songs.

You let us know you came down on our side.

Green college kids, we knew what rights, what wrongs

forced us to see you, hear you, while we died.

No caving in. No turning back. Just home.

Calypso? All we heard was: “Daylight, come!”

—Al Young

© 2011 Al Young

Photo: Jan Etre

[L-R] Poet Al Young, actor Danny Glover, painter Arthur Monroe | First Congregational Church, Berkeley | 30 November 2011

Photo courtesy Kindness of Strangers

The poet in October

Al Young and legendary Keystone Korner club owner Todd Barkan | City Lights Books | Photo: Samuel Wooten

© Samuel Wooten

Guitarist Calvin Keys prepares to read from Kathy Sloane’s Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club | City Lights Books

Samuel Wooten

Author-photographer Kathy Sloane in triumphant, joyful City Lights book launch mode

Photo: Al Young

Rosemary Hutcherson and Bobby Hutcherson (master vibist and storyteller) | City Lights Books

© Jim Dennis

Al Young, Terri Hinte, Ora Harris, Rosemary Hutcherson | City Lights Books

© Al Young

devorah major, San Francisco’s former poet laureate, takes in author-photographer Kathy Sloane’s presentation during a jam-packed book launch for Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club at City Lights Books. Up in the background, poet Q.R. Hand mulls it all over.

With Jeanne Houston at the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Gala

At the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Gala, Washington DC in September

Poet Natasha Threthaway, novelist-memoirist Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, and Al Young just before the PEN/Faulkner Gala dinner in Washington, DC.

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Maxine Hong Kingston speaks of her life-long friendship with James and Jeanne Houston at the Heyday book launch for The Queen’s Journey, an unfinished novel by James D. Houston.



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