Nathaniel Gadsden

Nathaniel Gadsden

1950 -

 

Interview Length: 108 minutes

Interview Date: March 19, 2009

Interview Location: WHBG Channel 20, 223 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA

 

 

 

Nathaniel Gadsden, poet laureate for the City of Harrisburg, grew up in the early 1950s. In elementary school, he learned to read with the Dick and Jane series and Little Black Sambo. Even as a child, Gadsden was disturbed by the content he found in those books. He remembers the segregation of whites and blacks and the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King as catalysts of rising racial tensions. Meanwhile, as a student at William Penn High School, Gadsden became a published poet. He has since produced three CDs and three booklets of poetry and is the author of Learning Self-Therapy Through Writing. He uses poetry as a counseling tool in his work with individuals and groups.

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