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Nikky Finney explains why Black literature is so important

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Watch Nikky Finney, 2011 National Book Awards acceptance speech.


"Black people were the only people in the United States ever explicitly, forbidden, to become literate."

One industry icon said it best, "I was moved and speechless by Finny's acceptance speech... the woman spoke the truth with such grace and elegance....She done herself, and all of us Damn proud!

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