Genuine emotions about social justice in America came from young voices recently on the West Bank. The youngsters at Martin Behrman Charter Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences participated at their third "Poetry on the Avenue" community event, which brought hundreds of people to the Opelousas Avenue school in Algiers Point.
On the lawn of the historic school building, young lyricists, collectively known as the All Star Poets, individually took to the stage to speak their minds about inequality and culture in New Orleans and around the country.
"A lot of stuff is going on in our community, as we speak. Some people are afraid to express their feelings," All Star Poets and seventh-grader Regine Roberts said about disparity. "When I found poetry... it made me notice that you can find other ways to express your feelings."
Deandrea Simmons, parent of All Star Poets member and fifth-grader Lailah Cain, believes events like this one is