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"Poet of the People"

June Jordan,
a UC Berkeley professor
of African American studies,
dies at 65


By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

Berkeley - At the University of California, Berkeley, the colleagues, students and friends of June Jordan, an award-winning poet, professor and activist, are mourning her loss. After battling cancer since the 1970s, Jordan died Friday at age 65.

A campus memorial service is tentatively scheduled for September, said Charles Henry, professor and chair of UC Berkeley's African American Studies. There will be no formal funeral service, he said.

Jordan became one of the most published African American writers, known for reviving black English as a medium of black literature. She published dozens of books of poetry, librettos and operas, children's books, a screenplay, and gutsy and eloquent columns about political and personal causes in "The Progressive" and other publications.



18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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