Work and Vocation

Title

Dr. Bethune’s Last Will & Testament

Author

Bethune, Mary McLeod

Type

Reading

Overview

Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, was born on a South Carolina farm in 1875.  The child of former slaves, she went on to become a teacher,…

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Title

The Woodcarver

Author

Tzu, Chuang

Type

Reading

Overview

Little is known about the life of Chuang Tzu, a renowned and influential Chinese Taoist philosopher who lived during the fourth century BCE. According to legend, he refused King Wei of Chou’s…

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Title

Hallelujah the Saviors are Here

Author

Smith, Rachel

Type

Audio

Overview

Rachel Smith wrote the poem, "Hallelujah the Saviors are Here," when she was 18 years old and a member of the Kenwood Academy Slam Poetry team. She performed this poem at the 2012 Louder…

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Title

Race

Author

Alexander, Elizabeth

Type

Reading

Overview

Born in New York City in 1962 and raised in Washington, DC, award-winning poet and essayist Elizabeth Alexander teaches in the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. This poem from…

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Title

The Guardian Angel

Author

Dunn, Stephen

Type

Reading

Overview

In this poem by contemporary American poet Stephen Dunn, a guardian angel despairs of being able to protect the souls in his charge.  But he is "in for the long haul" and keeps trying…

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