Current Location:
L. William Seidman Center -> 1st Floor (WSC)
Location Notes:
WSC; 1st fl., Study Lounge 1060

Song No. 3

Artwork
Identifier:
2006.196.1g
Artist:
Sonia Sanchez
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Broadside
Date:
2006
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 9.5 in Width: 9 in
Description:
Poem printed on white-gray paper with a half black circle design with dots. Back of paper is dark blue. 6/400 signed and dated by the poet
Historical Context:
Sonia Sanchez is a poet and songwriter who composes lyrics that strongly relate to social issues of modern and past times. Many of her poems are blunt, passionate, and painfully truthful as she addresses the history of African-Americans from slave times to modern oppression. Her inspiration has most been influenced by her activity in the civil rights movement. During this time she came into contact with Malcom X, from whom she states that she learned a lot about language. Malcom X was direct, truthful, and gave his black audience a sense of history and self worth that she applied to her own poetry.