“‘I am talking about a span of forty years of tireless activism coupled with and fueled by flawless art.”
—Toni Morrison on June Jordan
June Jordan was born in New York City on July 9, 1936. She was an activist, poet, writer, teacher, and prominent figure in the civil rights, feminist, antiwar, and LGBTQ movements of the twentieth century. Jordan authored over twenty-seven books of poems, children’s books, and plays, including Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood (Basic/Civitas Books, 2000), the novel His Own Where (Crowell, 1971) which was nominated for the National Book Award, and Who Look at Me (Crowell, 1969), as well as a memoir.
Celebrate June Jordan's birthday on July 9th and read more of her work at Poets.org.