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Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets

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Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets is the featured guest for National Poetry Month (2011). Abiodun is a revered poet, teacher, and founding member of the legendary poetry ensemble The Last Poets. The group was created in 1968 on May 19th (Malcolm X's birthdate) when Abiodun and two others - David Nelson and Gylan Kain - read poetry in tribute to Malcolm X. Steeped in and guided by Black nationalism, the group quickly became known throughout African-American communities in the nation. The Last Poets, along with Gil Scott-Heron, are credited as being major influences on the development of hip hop.

Currently, Abiodun tours the world giving lectures on poetry and politics.