Black Words Matter

Baltimore students came together on December 8, 2014 to write about the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. On May 3, 2015, these same students came together to write about the police killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. On November 16, 2016, students came together to write about the election results.

The first student write-in produced the writing on We’ll continue to collect and share writing about race and police brutality.

Student writing from our Black Words Matter Write-Ins have been featured by the National Poetry FoundationWashington Post, Real Pants, Sampsonia Way, Baltimore Times

Baltimore Sun | Write-In coverage
Baltimore Sun | Write-In video coverage
Baltimore Times
Buzzfeed | WBS Advisory Board Member Khaliah Williams on teaching at a Baltimore private school and leading the Write-In
Kenyon Review Blog | WBS Advisory Board Member Dora Malech on the Write-In for Freddie Gray

Ploughshares Blog | WBS Executive Director Patrice Hutton on the post-election Write-In

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Black Words Matter Retreat (January 2015)

Thanks to a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, Black Words Matter has been able to ..