Piri Thomas, people’s poet, Puerto Rican griot, passed this week: Rest in Power

October 20, 2011

Piri Thomas gave voice to generations of Latino Americans across the U.S. He died Monday at the age of 83. His acclaimed 1967 autobiography, Down These Mean Streets, chronicled his life growing up in New York’s Spanish Harlem, and the poverty and racism that he and his community experienced there.

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Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

PBS PBS on Mar 26, 2009
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/ – Poet Piri Thomas uses creative expression to confront poverty, racism, violence and isolation.