The P.O.W.E.R. Project announces its first Juneteenth event on June 19

| 03 May 2021 | 08:21

The Power of Words Exposing Racism (P.O.W.E.R.) Collective will host an event to amplify the voices of those affected by racism through poetry.

The P.O.W.E.R. Collective is creating a walking poetry exhibit showcasing the work of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community by displaying original works of poetry in merchant’s windows throughout the Village of Warwick.

In addition, on Saturday, June 19, “Juneteenth,” we’ll host speakers and, most excitingly, spoken word performances by BIPOC community members on Warwick’s Railroad Green.

We’re currently accepting submissions of original work from members of the BIPOC community here ( Paper entries may also be submitted at Etched In Time Engraving, 58 Main St., Warwick, NY 10990. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

We strongly believe that this project will empower authors by amplifying their voices as they chronicle the impact racism has had on their lives.

We welcome all that are interested in sharing, learning and growing to join us and to bring friends and family beginning at 11 a.m. on Railroad Green in Warwick.

Event details can be found on Facebook and Instagram @Powerprojectcollective.

Together We Amplify.

The Black community celebrates June 19, 1865, “Juneteenth,” the date slaves were told they were free in the State of Texas, despite the Emancipation Proclamation having been signed two and a half years earlier, as the most popular annual celebration of the emancipation from slavery.

P.O.W.E.R. is a women-led, majority BIPOC initiative, the goal of which is to provide a place to share experiences, and provide education to expose and eliminate racism. Through an awareness of one another’s experiences, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us through unifying events, discussions and outreach.

The Power of Words Exposing Racism (P.O.W.E.R.) Collective board consists of Sabrina Jennings, Patricia McMillian, Judy Battista, Nicole Repose, Bernadette Hageman and Roseanne Esposito.