People’s Poetry Festival at Vernon Park celebrates works of black writers [photos]

On Saturday, Germantown’s Black Writers Museum hosted the “People’s Poetry Festival,” an event at Vernon Park billed as “a celebration of black poetry.”

Poets from the city, area and beyond shared their works during the daylong event.

Honored as a “Living Legend of Poetry” was Dr. Haki Madhubuti who is “known throughout the world for being one of the great American writers and a co-architect of the historic Black Arts Movement,” organizers said of the founder of Third World Press.

“He is a worldwide icon, inspiration and mentor to the international literary community,” the museum’s site stated. “We are pleased to have Dr. Madhubuti visit Philadelphia to receive this BWM literary award.”

In addition to poetry, the festival featured jazz and drum performances and vendors in an “African Marketplace.”

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