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Kondwani Fidel with Raw Wounds (A Bridge Builder Event)

February 21, 2018

Kondwani Fidel is a writer, speaker, and spoken word poet who holds a B.A. degree in English from Virginia State University.

His work has been featured on The Root, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
He has lectured and shared poetry at countless universities, conferences, and literary events around the country.

Fidel is the author of Raw Wounds.

He is from, and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat: @KondwaniFidel

About Raw Wounds

In his latest book, Kondwani Fidel uses youth-friendly language to explore the dynamics of social oppression and social justice. American civil rights educator DeRay McKesson praises Fidel as “an artist who understands his role as an activist, using language to empower, to enrich, and to inform.”

Reading like a memoir at times, the book details Fidel’s personal experiences living in East Baltimore. This narrative reveals the poor conditions of race relations in America, prompting best-selling author MK Asante to note, “Raw Wounds is an explosive indictment on injustice.”

Throughout the book, Fidel magnifies the issues of systemic racism and policies: commonplace for Black people, but often overlooked by much of America. Virginia State University professor Dr. Zoe Spencer declares Raw Wounds “a critique of the system of our oppression and a critique of the dysfunction in our own families, relationships, and communities.”

Fidel’s vulnerability on these pages reminds readers of the prominence of mental illness–and how little attention we pay it. He shares a powerful message that is relevant to us all. New York Times bestseller D. Watkins proclaims, “Raw Wounds is eye-opening to outsiders and liberating to those who lived in and are still living these experiences.”


February 21, 2018
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Washington, DC