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Sonia Sanchez          

Renowned Scholar, Poet, Playwright and Activist

Sonia Sanchez is a renowned scholar, poet, playwright and activist who has been an influential force in African American literary and political culture for over three decades. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems, and Shake Loose My Skin.

She is the recipient of the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. Her numerous other honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the governor's Award for Excellence in the Humanities, and the Peace and Freedom Award from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

She has also edited two anthologies: We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans and 360 [degrees] of Blackness Coming at You, and was the winner of the 1995 American Book Award in Poetry for Homegirls and Handgrenades. Sanchez 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.

Sanchez was also in the forefront of the Black studies movement and taught the first course in the country on Black Women. She held the Laura Carnell Chair in English and Women's Studies at Temple University where she was also the first Presidential Fellow. Sanchez addresses issues related to the African American experience, women, literature and culture.

Sanchez has lectured at more than five hundred universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Nicaragua, Cuba and the Caribbean, Europe, China, Australia and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University where she began teaching in 1977 and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999. She is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.

Speech Topics


Coming of Age in the 1960s

An Evening with Sonia Sanchez

From the Black Arts to Hip-Hop

A Black Woman Speaks

The 21st Century for People of Color

Pushups for Peace

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The Revolutionary Power of Sonia Sanchez's Spoken Word - The ...

The poet Sonia Sanchez rose to prominence as a figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, where she raised her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, ...

Poet-activist Sonia Sanchez subject of new documentary | The ...

NEW YORK (AP) — When a team of documentary makers first suggested a movie about her life, Sonia Sanchez resisted. "We come from that generation of ...

Poet, activist, icon Sonia Sanchez: still "BaddDDD" As Ever ...

The documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, premiering Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 8 p.m. EST on the World Channel's critically acclaimed series America ...

Sonia Sanchez documentary gets TV debut

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a documentary about the academic and activist who was also Philadelphia's first poet laureate, will make its national television ...

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