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Fill in the Blank: A Poem

Updated: Nov 1, 2020


Dear mama:

You gave me life

I will forever be your baby, your big boy, your little man, your young man, your son

You felt my first kick

You heard my first cry

You witnessed my first breath


Dear government:

You tried to teach me to fear myself

The clock started counting down on my first day

I was your public enemy #1 on my first day

You declared the mistakes I made growing up a death sentence

You heard my last cry

You stole my last breath

Dear resistors:

As my heart beat that last time

As I exhaled my last breath and you inhaled your next

As I exhaled my…last…breath my life force was transferred to you

Use this gift wisely

Let my name be your battle cry

My Black life mattered, make my [Black??] death matter

Untitled poem for [fill in the blank]


by tamia rashima jordan

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       tamia rashima jordan, M.Ed. (linktr.ee/missmia78), is a radical JEDI (justice equity diversity & inclusion) educator who channels her energy into projects that heal the BIPOC (Black & Indigenous & People of Color) community. She grounds her work in Emergent Strategy (a.m. brown), community accountability (Kaba et. al.), healing justice, and transformative justice (G. Boggs et. al.). Currently she serves as the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at Emerson College located in Boston, Massachusetts.

       Despite living and working in the Greater Boston area for almost 13 years, tamia remains true to her Jersey roots. Originally from Hackensack, NJ - We are the Comets. The mighty mighty Comets - tamia remains a die-hard Yankees and Knicks fan.  

       tamia did her undergraduate work in American Politics and African American Studies at the University of Virginia. Then she went on to receive her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont.  

               In addition to her work at Emerson, tamia serves as the Chair of the Community Council of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence; she is currently working on a program for returning citizens with the African American Coordinating Committee comprised of men who are incarcerated at Norfolk MCI; additionally she serves on the production team of the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest) and the planning team of Princess Day Boston: a party for little girls of color and their families.

       Also important to note, tamia cannot live without the ocean, all the folx who call her auntie, traveling to countries below the equator, kitty cats, and music.

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