Local advocate/business woman creates poetry book, hopes to inspire youth with her story
SALISBURY, Md. – In Salisbury, one local advocate and businesswoman is now adding author to the many hats she wears by connecting with youth through poetry.
Executive Director of The Fenix Youth Project Amber Green released a new poetry collection called #DearBlackGirl. Green says she’s had the idea for years and it was time for her voice to be heard. The book includes 13 poems with themes around love to activism.
Green says over recent years violence, discrimination, and other adversities have become more prevalent for women of color sparking movements like Black Lives Matter. She adds these poems open up conversations that need to be had to start the process of healing.
“I named the workpiece #DearBlackGirl because these are really letters to me. They’re reminders to me of where I’ve been and where I’m going. Also to realize that I’m no different from any other black woman,” said Green. “There are things that I feel like with black women that we have a duty to express ourselves and this is a great way. A huge takeaway is to just use your voice.”
Green tells 47 ABC this is just the first volume, as she expects to make 4 in total. She also plans to turn the poetry into short films in the future.
If you would like to check out or purchase the poetry book, follow the link here