Category Archives: Nelson (Marilyn)

Reading, Better than Juvie

When high school vandals defaced a historic black church, an enlightened judge ordered them to read books and report on them.

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Trayvon Martin, Another Emmett Till

The killing of Trayvon Martin reminds me of Emmett Till and a poem written about Emmett’s youthful innocence.

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  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

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