Philadelphia-based poet, singer, educator and curator Yolanda Wisher visited several TPS classrooms this week. Wisher was named the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016.
“Poetry helps me make sense of my day,” explained Wisher to Primary Unit students. The poet spoke about The Black Opals, a group of young African American poets who worked in Philadelphia in the 1920s and who published their work in a literary journal at a time when no one was publishing poetry by African American poets. Wisher called them “the Avengers” (of poetry) of their time, superhero poets who did something no one was doing” in the early 20th century.