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African American Auburn students, professors and staff will read poems protesting violent injustices committed against African American citizens Friday, Jan. 23, at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of the open air forum in front of the Ralph Brown Draughon library. #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, originally a tumblr site, is part of a national poetry reading series protesting the grand jury’s decision on Nov. 24, 2014 not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. “Black Poets Speak Out… [is] a collective outcry for our black lives,” organizer Mahogany Browne says. If you are interested in reading a poem at the event, contact Ashley Edwards at