Light in Dark Places by Marcia E. Coles is a poetry collection divided into sections that reflect various eras and aspects of the African American experience. Each section is introduced by its historical context. The poems are inspired by slave narratives, historic documents, photographic images and whisperings of the ancestors. By shining light in the dark places of our shared U.S. history we can create a foundation for understanding with the hope for a brighter, more productive future.

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“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage,
need not be lived again.” ~ Maya Angelou