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White House Celebrates American Poetry

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(NNPA) First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a workshop for students from California to New York at the White House to celebrate American poetry, which she said “helps us see the world in an entirely different way.”

The workshop was designed to educate and inspire talented young people, who met and worked with the First Lady’s invited guests, including prominent writers, including former poets laureate Rita Dove and Billy Collins, Elizabeth Alexander, who wrote and delivered the poem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, musician Jill Scott, and Grammy Award winning rapper and actor Common, who drew strong criticism from Republicans, who contended the rapper advocated violence against former President George W. Bush and the police.

Common later tweeted: “… The one thing that shouldn’t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day.”

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