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Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives"

Photo courtesy of Youth Speaks
Azariah Cole-Shephard



Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

AZARIAH COLE-SHEPHARD: Poetry—even though it's just words—can save lives and can actively create change. Or maybe it's the voice that people that don't have the courage to speak out can have.

Click the audio player above to hear Azariah read her poem, “For the Black Man my Love cannot protect.”

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