The quote above, popularized by Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign for the Presidency, is from poet June Jordan (July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002). The line appears in “Poem for South African Women“, Passion: New Poems (1977-1980.
Click here for the main page of the website dedicated to her memory, and for access to her bio and other works.
Click here to read a 1995 interview with June Jordan taken from BOMB Magazine’s digital archive and republished in The Root on January 27, 2010.
Ashé, Sistah June …