They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems

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The spirit and voice of Harriet Tubman is captured in this verse. The poems traces the journeys of Tubman and her fugitives through the backwoods of America while taking a look at the cruelty of slavery.

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Quraysh Ali Lansana is a member of faculty at Chicago State University and the Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Literary Center. He is well known among Black literary circles in the New York area and the Midwest.

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Because we know the story of Harriet Tubman as well as we know the story of Moses, to whom she is so often and aptly compared, Lansana's songlike poems conjure up familiar, even sacred images of runaway slaves, seekers of freedom, negotiating rough terrain in the dark of night. The opening poem in this evocative cycle pays homage to artist Jacob Lawrence, who also found inspiration in Tubman's spiritual valor, and like Lawrence, Lansana keeps his forms simple and strong. Spare yet resonant, his poems, most in Harriet's voice, convey all the danger and hope of the underground slave revolt, and offer a graceful paean to a great American hero. Donna Seaman
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