YWCA of Greensburg Panel to Discuss Messages of Amanda Gorman’s Poetry


Amanda Gorman’s poetry anthology will be discussed by a local NAACP official, a college professor, and three young adults at 6:30 p.m. May 25 at the Greensburg YWCA, 424 N. Main St.

The “Call Us What We Carry” roundtable will feature Ruth Tolbert, president of the Jeannette-Greensburg chapter of the NAACP, and Christopher Davis, an English teacher who teaches a hip-hop class at Westmoreland County Community College. near Youngwood. Three other panelists are N’Dia Smith, a college graduate; Gabrielle Skillings, an online student working in healthcare in Pittsburgh; and Tomaso Contreres Barnette, a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Program attendees will see the inauguration day performance of Harvard-educated Gorman, 24, from Los Angeles, and then listen to a reading from his poetry anthology. A discussion of Gorman’s message of hope and responsibility will follow.

Michelle Toohey, who coordinates the YWCA’s racial justice committee program, said the discussion will touch on the meaning of the poem written by Gorman, the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration. What seemed like simple verses on a page came to life through her gestures, facial expressions and the cadence of her words, Toohey noted.

The presentation supports the YWCA’s mission to promote “peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” said Carol Palcic, executive director of the YWCA of Greensburg. This is the second program in the YWCA Healthy Conversations series.

Those planning to attend should register by calling 724-834-9390.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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