Gideon Ferebee, Jr. (1950-2005)

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Gideon Ferebee, Jr. (1950-2005) wrote two books of poetry, Out! To Lead (1994) and Reflections Of (2002), and Searching for the Boy (2002), a mix of poetry and prose. He moved to Washington, D.C. in the mid-1970’s and performed at ENIKAlley Coffeehouse and DC Space. He was an early member of Us Helping Us, a community AIDS-service organization that focused on reducing HIV in gay black men. Ferebee himself lived with HIV. He also worked for the DC Black Repertory Theatre and the Minority Arts Ensemble, and helped found the poetry collective Station to Station for young black writers. He collaborated with Chasen Gaver and Michelle Parkerson and acted in the 1989 film Tongues Untied, and worked with Dreamkeeper Productions to produce documentaries of the annual Black Gay Pride Festival and experimental videos of poetry performances. Ferebee worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well. He was passionate about the gay rights movement, which came through in his poetry.

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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