#BringBackOurGirls

By now you've surely heard: nearly 300 young women were abducted from their Northern Nigerian high school by members of Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group. From folks on-the-ground in Nigeria to MIchelle Obama, people around the world are responding on social media--and beyond. (Check out our recommended reading below for more information!)

African Voices Respond

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote:

Teju Cole, another Nigerian author (and prolific tweeter) noted the following:

Now it's YOUR turn!

Power Poetry is a space for you to speak to your mind and express your opinions. So let us know: what do YOU think about #BringBackOurGirls? What does the situation mean to you and all of the women in your life? Why is education for girls important? And what would a world where EVERY GIRL had access look like? Is the media frenzy around #BringBackOurGirls fair? And how can we support the girls' families? 

NOTE: As a gentle reminder, at Power Poetry we don't equate Islam with terrorism and we urge you to read one of our favorite poems: Color Me a Terrorist

Resources and Recommended Reading

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Submissions

WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
he was a black male
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Yep, I am Melanin  In fact, I am a beautiful Melanin My hair is everything from nappy to kinky
2 weeks 20 hours ago
Rain on the sunny day A big step on the final delay  Walking Throught The shadows of night
2 weeks 6 days ago
She has eyes like a Tiger Long thick hair flowing down her back Her body was perfect like a hourglass
2 months 2 hours ago
I was told, "Love is patient" I was told, "Love is kind" I've even heard others say "Love can't be defined."
2 months 3 days ago