National Writing Project

The I Am From Project

Date: July 6, 2017

Summary: This conversation with George Ella Lyon and Julie Landsman, hosts of the I Am From Project, is about countering divisions of race, culture, and background through poetry, artwork, videos, music, and dance.


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George Ella Lyon on the current I Am From Project as a culmination of many years of work building on her original "I Am From" poem:

Bringing this live map of voices together, it's almost like over the years we've been writing down all these numbers but we never added them up, and now they're going to be added up which will magnify what's so moving about them. And whenever you invite a person to express themselves in such a way that they are then able to do it, you have helped empower that person."

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