On Loving A Change Agent: A Valentine’s Story

Donney Rose
Feb 13, 2020 - 8:00
Alton Sterling Was Shot by Baton Rouge Police Officers

It was the summer of 2016 in Baton Rouge and the month of July felt like the longest eulogy for my hometown. But, it didn’t begin that way. The first weekend of July 2016 found me and my wife taking our annual trip 80 miles east to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. And after a weekend of enjoying some of music’s best talent, indulging in amazing food and absorbing the beautiful mosaic of Blackness that is Essence Fest, I was ready to get back to my job as a teaching artist, assisting a group of young poets who were preparing for a large international youth poetry slam festival in Washington, D.C. Then, in the wee hours of that July 5th, my hometown was transformed in an instant when Alton Sterling was shot to...

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