Elements of Poetry, Travel, and the Creative Writing Life
Thursday, November 17, 2011
"I am now officially speechless" from Nikky Finney, Award Winner
“'A fine of $100 and six months of prison will be imposed for teaching a slave to read and write,' Finney began her speech, reading from the 1739 slave codes of South Carolina. She talked about how blacks were forbidden to be literate in her home state and across America for a part of history.
'I am now officially speechless,' Finney said, ending her speech with a pun to her literacy.