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An evening of poetry at WBUR CitySpace

September 13, 2019

Last night, WBUR CitySpace hosted an evening of poetry and music, featuring Nick Flynn reading from his new collection, “I Will Destroy You,” accompanied his band Kildeer. As part of the event, 826 Boston Writers’ Room alumna Legacy took the stage to share some of her verse with the crowd.

“See, me and my mother have a lot in common. Besides our looks, we are both strong black women,” said Legacy. “We are angry black women. Women that have been through too much to have had enough.”

The evening also included powerful performances by poet Mitch Manning and Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola (who wrote the forward to The Whole World Is Watching).

Legacy is a member of the inaugural class at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science Writers’ Room. After bringing home the Massachusetts slam poetry championship her senior year, she is now coach of the O’Bryant Writers’ Room slam poetry team. As an activist, poet, and singer, Legacy’s words last night echoed the challenges, urgency, and hope experienced by students in the city.

“Y’all don’t know me yet, but soon you’ll see” Legacy stated. “This is history in the making. I’m making my own Legacy.”

Thank you to all of the organizations who made this incredible evening possible: Mass Poetry, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and WBUR.

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