root - Posted on 31 December 1969

The Dis-Ebonics Tour Reviewed

by Aldo Arturo Della Maggiora

I lost confidence in my ability to write. Two years later I got introduced to journal writing, where I discovered the freedom to express and unlocked the voices of insight.

As I sat in the audience at Modern Times Bookstore in San Franciscoís Mission District, the Dis ñ Ebonics Tour materializes with Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. founder and Executive Director of Disabilities Advocates of Minority Organization, DAMO, and Samuel Irving, founder of Kimbro Kidds, a youth training program, and owner of his publishing company, AbstractVisionz. Leroy is the winner of the Local Black Hero from KQED (PBS). Both Leroy and Samuel represent different parts of the black disabled community, using artistic activism to tell stories of discrimination and struggle.

Charles Curtis Blackwell, a poet begins the night with his poetry. Charles says that his style is combined with gospel singing. ìItís more of a backwoods, church, Mississippi style.î Charles, a tall man with a light-skinned complexion took the crowd back into the Southeast with his poem Meet Marsha at the Bayou on the Pond in New Orleans.

The Portland, Oregon poet, Samuel Irving tells his story of the many friends he has lost due to his disability, but the outcome of Samuel's sacrifice and diligence has produced two books Quiet in a Storm and Open Meditations, allowing Samuel to share his stories of inner freedom.

Leroy penetrates the audience with fire. His style of poetry runs wild covering a whole array of topics including politics, discrimination, and sexuality. The audience was stimulated by his series of work For the Ladies. Leroys stories encouraged the public to become conscious. To find more of Leroy's work look up Illin-n-Chilln on PNN.

Samuel approached the podium and spoke on love, hate, beauty and pain. His poetry, Liberation and My Favorite Girl brought silence to the room as the listeners meditate in their own thoughts; with their eyes closed while others heads bow down. Samuel's words brought healing to the listeners.

Both Leroy and Samuel's opposite styles compliment each other, capturing the attention of the audience. Their healing words through freedom of expression brought me back to my introduction of journal free writing.

Leroy Moore can be reached at (510) 649- 8438 and Samuel Irvine is at (503) 233-7225. To know more about DAMO go to Charles Curtis Blackwell's phone number is (510) 883 ñ 0311.


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