The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems by Tony Medina

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The election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States, marked a pivotal point in the history of a nation too often preoccupied with race, color and identity. Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Mr. Obama's historic victory and his personal story of determination and success - especially children of color; In The President Looks Like Me and Other Poems, Tony Medina celebrates the diversity that President Obama symbolizes through poems that are multicultural in scope and wide-ranging in style. With distinctly urban settings and an urban flavor, the collection covers a myriad of themes that include childhood, family, friendship, identity, spirituality, social justice and Hip Hop. Medina's poems realistically capture the impact of what it means to be young in a complex world. Yet, they offer hope that resounds more prominently when a child of color can say, the president looks like me.
 

About Tony Medina

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Tony Medina, two-time winner of the Paterson Prize, was born in the South Bronx and raised in the Throgs Neck Housing Projects. He served in the United States Army and earned a BA in English at Baruch College, CUNY, on the G.I. Bill. He has taught at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus and Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. The author of several books for adults and young readers, his poetry, fiction, and essays appear in over forty anthologies. Medina, whose most recent books are MY OLD MAN WAS ALWAYS ON THE LAM (NYQ Books, 2011), BROKE ON ICE (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2011), and I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009), earned an MA and PhD in English from Binghamton University, SUNY, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University.
 
Published June 7, 2013 by Just Us Books, Inc.. 86 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 5–8—Medina taps into the hopes, dreams, and lives of young people of color through 44 poems divided into 6 sections. Wide-ranging in their variety and styles, these selections are specifically multicultural and distinctly urban in setting. The poems range from the everyday "Ode to Potato Chips...

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