Chance The Rapper Wrote The Foreword For A New Poetry Collection

A People’s History of Chicago celebrates the stories of the city’s marginalized populations.

November 30, 2016

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Chance the Rapper, billed here by his real name Chancellor Bennett, has written the foreword for a new poetry collection by Kevin Coval, entitled A People's History of Chicago. Pulling inspiration from Howard Zinn for its title, the collection will feature 77 new works from the celebrated poet, professor, and organizer, one each for Chicago's 77 neighborhoods.

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"Chicago is the city of Gwendolyn Brooks and Chief Keef, Al Capone and Richard Wright," reads the blurb from the book's publisher, Haymarket, noting that the collection will "honor the everyday lives and enduring resistance of the city’s workers, poor people, and people of color." The book is out April 11, via Haymarket.

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