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City's first youth poet laureate wants to use voice to discuss social justice
City's first youth poet laureate wants to use voice to discuss social justice

Growing up biracial in Baltimore, Derick Ebert said he's still trying to define his identity. He uses his poetry to find his place. In a city that grapples with racial divides — the police commissioner has decried 1950s-era racism and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has called on black men to step up — the mayor hopes Ebert can lead the way for others. A 19-year-old University of Baltimore sophomore, Ebert will be recognized Wednesday as the city's first youth poet laureate, with a charge to help promote a citywide appreciation for literacy and art, and to inspire young people to become more engaged. He's the first person — of any age — to hold...

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