February 27

Scott Momaday

Scott Momaday (Navarre Scott Momaday) (born February 27, 1934) US-Kiowa Native American poet, novelist – Dream Drawings - Configurations of a Timeless Kind (2022)

Read an interview with Momaday here

Scott Momaday discusses oral tradition

Momaday talks about his life and reads from his writings here

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault (born February 27, 1942) U.S. journalist, civil rights activist – In My Place (1992)

Read about Charlayne Hunter-Gault here

Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about her early activism and journalism while she was the first black student at the University of Georgia

J. Rawls

J.Rawls (Jason Rawls) (born February 27, 1974) U.S. hiphop, jazz musician, producer

Read a 2014 article about J.Rawls here

Watch a J.Rawls music video

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (born February 27, 1807) U.S. poet

Read about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow here and here

An excerpt from Longfellow's poem
The Landlord's Tale: Paul Revere's Ride

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,

Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,

Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.