2014 Ron Brown Scholar Sojourner Ahebee has an essay, Home,Memory and the Power of Poetry, featured in the current issue of Imagine, a journal published by the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
Home, Memory, and the Power of Poetry
I was born in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, a country abundant with magic, anachronisms, and mermaids, so even before I could crawl, I fell in love with storytelling, a force that emanated from the depths of my birth country. When I was quite young, instead of bedtime stories, my mother read me poems. I can still remember the words of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou in my mother’s voice, drifting through the humid Ivoirien night. But, when I turned seven, civil war broke out in Côte d’Ivoire, and as a result, my family and I were forced to pack our belongings and move to my mother’s hometown of Philadelphia.
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