How Word is Bond Brings Young Black Men and Law Enforcement Together Through Poetry


Law Enforcement; Poetry; Young Black Men


When a dozen young Black men and a dozen police officers gather in a church to write poetry together, there is trepidation on both sides.

“They’re all pulling me aside, like they think they’re the only one, saying, ‘I am not a poet. I cannot write anything profound,’” Lakayana Drury says.

Drury is the founder and executive director of Word is Bond, a Portland nonprofit organization that works to empower young Black men. The poetry workshop is part of a Word is Bond summertime series that brings together youth and law enforcement.


By Rachel Saslow




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