Lucille Clifton: “They ask me to remember…”

 

 

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I wanted to learn more about Lucille Clifton after the quote in this meme jumped out at me when I was doing research online.  “They want me to remember their memories.”  😦

Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936 in Depew, New York – February 13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo, New York.  From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Clifton was a finalist twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Lucille Clifton traced her family’s roots to the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, now the Republic of Benin. Growing up she was told by her mother, “Be proud, you’re from Dahomey women!”  She cites as one of her ancestors the first black woman to be “legally hanged” for manslaughter in the state of Kentucky during the time of Slavery in the United States. Girls in her family are born with an extra finger on each hand, a genetic trait known as polydactyly. Lucille’s two extra fingers were amputated surgically when she was a small child, a common practice at that time for reasons of superstition and social stigma. Her “two ghost fingers” and their activities became a theme in her poetry and other writings.

Wikipedia:  Lucille Clifton

 

 

 

 

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