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November 20, 2013

The Words of Sir Gil Scott-Heron

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In celebration of the {National Poetry Month}, let us look back at the life of one of the most successful African American poets, Gil Scott-Heron. The late soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, who happened to be born in April too, became famous for his spoken word poetry entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This piece was based on the popular slogan in the 1960s protest movements. It has been used in several films and documentaries including {Denzel Washington}’s The Hurricane. His works also focused on several issues like nuclear power, capitalism, substance abuse, the environment, Pan-Africanism, women’s liberation, and love. Scott-Heron, who passed away on May 27, 2011, is one of the most influential African-American people today. His music and words are inspiration for many of today’s hip-hop artists and writers.

For the African-American community, Scott-Heron was a hero who fought with his piano, microphone, and pen. His music and poems remain alive for many. For many African-American women, he is a brother, a friend, a mentor, and a husband who should be looked up to by their kids and future kids. For them, having Scott-Heron’s works on their smartphones is as important as enjoying games in FoxyBingo.com. They feel that by just collecting his songs and poems in a gadget, they showed that they were with Scott-Heron when he fought against poverty and social injustice. For African-American men, he is a hero, a guide who showed where the right path is using only a pen. Though there is no S on his chest, he mightily carried the cause for his compatriots and flew them to the Promised Land. With just his soothing voice and moving words he stopped a meteorite of inequality from falling to the African-American world.

For all the people in the world, whatever race they belong, Scott-Heron proved that his music is enough to change the world. He sung as if he preached. He rapped as if he is making a speech. He played instruments as if he detonated a nuclear bomb. April is the month to commemorate America’s greatest poets. Let us also use this month to remember Scott-Heron’s contributions to society.



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