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Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August this year, Ferguson has become a central point of civil unrest and protest against police brutality in the United States. After a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who shot Brown, unrest in the city spiralled, spawning similar protests across the country, including in New York where an organised “die-in” was held in protest against the death of Eric Garner, a black man who was also the victim of police brutality earlier in the year. A deeper question of whether America is still an inherently racist country came bubbling to the surface, again revealing the ugly and oppressive side to the Land of the Free.

At Newcastle’s Central Library on Monday 22nd December, writer Sheree Mack is hosting a morning of readings by black poets speaking about and against the brutality in Ferguson and beyond. The morning is not only a chance to learn more about the current events in a literary environment but is also a unique chance to see some of the best poets in the region read some of their most politically charged works.

Black Poets Speak Out is being held at the City Centre Library, Newcastle on Monday 22nd December.

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