Digital Poetry

“Godmother”

“Godmother”
This video-poem which evokes the moment Sarah Grimké become godmother to her baby sister Angelina (though Sarah herself was just thirteen). Decades later, Angelina Grimké became the first American woman to address an American legislative body when she and her sister were on a speaking tour against slavery. Angelina would call Sarah “mother” all her life.   

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“Nephews”

“Nephews”
This video-poem, inspired by images of Archibald and Francis Grimké and their correspondance with their white, abolitionist aunts.  The images and letters remain today in archives at Howard University and are used with permission.

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“Speechless”

“Speechless”
This video-poem, inspired by an image of Nancy Weston Grimké, the enslaved mother of Archie and Francis Grimké, Sarah’s nephews. What questions might have run through Sarah Grimké’s mind when she first saw this picture of Nancy, who had been her brother’s slave before the Civil War secured her freedom?

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