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Poetry Becomes An Outlet For Cleveland Teens

For James LeVan, a 16-year-old Cleveland student at Glenville High School, police brutality became top of mind early this year. He witnessed an uncomfortable interaction between a young Cleveland man and a police officer. LeVan said he did not know the victim and didn't feel comfortable getting involved, but the incident stuck with him. "It seemed like [the police officer] was harassing him for no reason," LeVan said. "It didn't make sense." A scholar in the Fatima Center’s Summer Institute, Le Van channeled his confusion into a poem, "The Mind of a White Cop," in which he speculates about the thinking of a hypothetical white police officer on his daily beat. Poetry writing was part of the Summer Institute, said Director Apryl Buchanan, with an emphasis on the works on Langston... Read More →

Anisfield-Wolf Partners With Fatima Family Center For Summer Of Discovery

“Today I will be reciting my poem, 'The Mind of a White Cop,'" said James LeVan, 16, as he introduced his work during the closing ceremony of the Teen Leadership Program at the Fatima Family Center in Cleveland. LeVan recited in a deep, law enforcement voice:  Oh no! 6 black kids doing the same handshake I should probably call for backup No, I could just shoot them and say it was "self-defense" I'll be in jail a night or two but I'll be off eventually It's a nice feeling to know I can get away with anything One by one, the remaining 32 participants walked to the front of the gym to recite poems and read essays they created over the summer. Fatima Center Director LaJean Ray smiled broadly from the sidelines.  The facility, nestled in Cleveland's historic Hough neighborhood,... Read More →
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