Jamaal Jackson RogersJanuary 10, 2022
The former Ottawa poet laureate lifted up the Forum audience with powerful and beautiful words that depicted the experience of newcomers before and during the pandemic. He recited two original poems created for OLIP.
The first poem, entitled Medicine describes the hardship some newcomers endure as they establish themselves in Canada. With this Poem, Jamaal encourages everyone to embrace diversity as a medicine to racism and all inequities that disproportionately impact newcomers.
The second, entitled Brighter Days is an ode to those who’ve made it through the pandemic and who had obstacles to face because of their daily conditions.