Poems from Frank X Walker and Danni Quintos

ACLU members and supporters gathered with the community to celebrate recent civil liberties successes, learn about ongoing challenges, meet the ACLU-KY team, listen to Lexington writers Danni Quintos and Frank X Walker, and enjoy food from DV8 Kitchen.

Freedom of expression is a core part of a healthy society. Listen to both writers in the videos at the bottom of this page.

"In these moments when words fail after natural disaster after natural disaster, during a pandemic, and in all of the political tumult, it's often artists and poets that we turn to, to help us express and process our grief." –ACLU-KY Interim Executive Director Amber Duke

Our unique work keeps us busy in the courts and in Frankfort, but as a statewide organization we know we must connect members, donors, volunteers, community members, partner organizations, legislators, and cooperating attorneys throughout Kentucky. To help accomplish this, we hosted our annual meeting in Lexington for the first time in recent years at the historic Lyric Theater!

Lyric Theater Lexington
Over the past several years, the Kentucky General Assembly has targeted the most vulnerable among us and sought to strip people of their basic civil rights and liberties. In response, Kentuckians came together and grew organizations like the ACLU of Kentucky. Your support allowed us to rapidly expand and deepen our efforts in Frankfort and in court, and we are now working to deepen our roots in the communities throughout the commonwealth that made this growth possible.

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We extend a special thank you to the people that made this event possible:

Ann Render DV8 Kitchen Kent Davis
Anne and Mel Maron Ephemeral Florals Keros and Madelene Cartwright
Danni Quintos Frank X Walker Linda and Fred Cowan
Deborah and Matt Winslow Jane Lapinski Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
Dominique Olbert John and Teouline Rose  

    Poetry from Frank X Walker and Danni Quintos

    Frank X Walker

    Frank X Walker is a Lexington-based writer, educator, and Affrilachian poet. Read more about Frank here. Frank recited the following poems at our annual meeting: "Mrs. Butterworth, Uncle Ben, and Aunt Jemima," "Complicit, At Best," "Ode to Meat Packers," Deejay Battle," and To the Man Spewing Spit and Vitriol in the Trooper's Face at the Capitol."

    Danni Quintos

    Danni Quintos is a poet and educator in Lexington. Read more about Danni here. Danni recited the following poems at our annual meeting: "Where Good People Live," Self Portrait as Manananggal, and "Ghazal for Dog Eaters."

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    Mrs. Butterworth, Uncle Ben, and Aunt Jemima

    Frank X Walker

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