Joseph White (?-1985)

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Joseph White (? – 1985) is one of the original six members of the Howard Poets. Raised in Philadelphia, he did not complete his degree at Howard University, dropping out in his junior year after the death of his mother. He, too, died young, committing suicide when his cancer was determined to be fatal. White’s poems were published in the journal Dasein and the anthology Burning Spear. His work is marked by a strong race consciousness that made him a fore-runner to the poets of the Black Arts Movement.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/white-joseph/

Submitted by Kim Roberts, January 2014


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