A Sun Lady for All Seasons: Sonia Sanchez

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“There is a big difference between what we long for, what we settle for, and what we are meant for.”

Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is a professor, and a revolutionary award-winning poet. Born in 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama, moved between different relatives throughout her young life. The death of her grandmother traumatized her, so she developed a stutter which pushed her to become an introvert. She excelled in school and earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science before doing postgraduate work at New York University. As a poet, she emerged in 1969. Common themes in her work are black identity, the importance of self-love, and motherhood.

A poem written for her twin boys.

Her beautiful TEDtalk.

 

Her official site.

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