The Armory Pen of A Black Woman Poet
Born 1949, Jacqueline Amos, a black poet, artist, school teacher, and published author.
Who is Jacqueline Amos? Who is seen most frequently worldwide on the Internet? A black woman who has felt the scars of a warrior. She states, "I have felt the scars of my ancestors. I have felt the whip of the oppressor, they have taken my life, but my spirit shall live beyond the clouds of my epitaph, I shall continue to live beyond the scars of my own demise."
Jacqueline was born in Harlem, and she completed her education at Medgar Evers College.
"I was the victim, the survivor, the back door, but the soul who has mastered; the reasoning of calm.
I shall teach the young, you can do and be anything in life. Dignity and strength, and hard work go hand in hand. One is free only if the mind accepts."
From the School House
To the Supreme Court
To the Battleground
To the Battered
To the Opening
Being Black In America
To the Lynching
To the Warrior
To the University
To the Journey
To my Father's House
Jacqueline’s writing reflects the noble Harriet Tubman, the Black Mother Moses, a sharp tongue, and the spiritual protection of the almighty. Her writing reflects deep spirituality. Her first poem, “I Shall Rise,” reflects the name of Black Women. Jacqueline is not only a poet, but a spiritual poet. In "Within these Walls 2004," her writing unfolds the heroes; she speaks silently in her poems, and the fires rise when she speaks of the noble Lord. I am the link between the heavens and earth. Jacqueline reminds the world that women are the connection of creations ordained by God.
Jacqueline Amos is documented in the Museum of Modern Art, 1995, Brooklyn Museum, 1996, and many other archives.
Her favorite quote: "I shall rise alone, if I must, but I shall bring some of my people home. I am the sheep that walks towards the light in this world order. I as woman and all women, must come together as one, the blessing of the almighty; who breathes upon our trust. It is not the woman who stands before the mountain, but women who walk with righteousness and dignity."
Jacqueline is a true soldier in God's army.
In this speech, Jacqueline states, "I am not a slave, I shall never be labelled as a slave. God said I was woman, men say I am the daughter of a slave, Harriet Tubman, Soldier Truth, many sisters who carried the cross. God said I was a warrior, never a slave."
In Jacqueline’s books she speaks of family and strength. She teaches her brothers and sista's that they are a gift from God, to stand tall and to never walk in no man's shadow. The good slave is a dead slave, one who has freed himself from man's destructions. God is the master, and the devil is the one who has lost his key.
Knowledge is one of the primary influences in Jacqueline's writing, as are wisdom and spirituality, and the bylaws of God. The rainbow reflects the cries of the dead roots which continue to die slowly, helpless when the waters sit upon the door, roots that refuse to save themselves.
Jacqueline, artist, poet, as well author, refused to differentiate between her personal experience and the common experience of black America. She wants to tell the stories of her people in ways that reflect their actual culture, including both their suffering, their love and language itself.
The world calls the blues that she sing "the weary of pain."
"Lord I got one time on my hand, let my people go, the pain that is reflected through the dialogues called roots." As she states, "I am just a tool, the voices cry beyond the grave." Her life and works are influenced by the struggles of a system that allows truth to come through the back door. Her favorite line, "I shall go down."
"If I must, but I know the light of God is not too far," her personal experience in black America, her words I shall tell the story of my people; in order to be paid, one must labor.
I shall no longer cry the song of a slave, there is only one master, God holds the key, including suffering, and the love of art and music.
Jacqueline Amos has taught for 25 years in Early Childhood Education. She is the owner of the Noumi Arts Black Collections, International Worldwide Director of Missions, and works with the international Faith of Restoration. She has lectured at Medgar Evers College, at public schools, and universities. Jacqueline Amos has spent her life giving, whether it is her services to programs for children or donating her art to the children of the Village of the Assin Kruwa Ghana to be auctioned for a schoolhouse.
Jacqueline Amos has always committed her life to the good will of human life. She states, "Let the windows open and the love will be shouted, from the rooftop, where men and women reside. In the name of God feel the spirits as the blessings of the highest gives me a message to deliver. Let unity be the key to the mouths of all men. I am the tool and take no glory in whatever I do. The blessings that touch my hands come through the highest king. Let the spirit fill your heart. I write the words of wisdom and love. The words of the prophets, I hope they will touch your heart. I hope the contents of my words open the doors. Man is nothing without God. I hope to bring beauty and truth. Every spoken word of the truth will open the doors to wisdom, knowledge and understanding."
Jacqueline honored Queen Mother Moore who is 101 years old, and who walked among many civil rights leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others for the cause of justice. Jacqueline awarded her with a painting on her 100th birthday, "In My Mother's House." Jacqueline Amos also honored Queen Winnie Mandela with one of her own paintings, "In my Father's House." Many collectors including doctors, lawyers, judges, banks, churches, hospitals, actors, and historical archives hold Jacqueline Amos paintings and her works of poetry. Jacqueline has 11 books.
Accomplishments: Alumni Association, Humanitarian Services Award/Recognition Filipino and American People, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, John F. Kennedy Performing Art/International Worldwide Artist, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Arts and Culture, Harlem State Building Arts and Culture, Brooklyn Council for the Arts, American Arts for famous Artists, International Worldwide Directory of Artists, Schaumburg Library of Black Studies, Proclamation Borough. President, Olympic Visions of Harlem, Medgar Evers College Archive Collections, Plaque Rhythm and Blues Singer, Silvestre Worldwide Registry, International Library of Poetry, Black Poets Society, Black Writers Organization, One Million Women’s Movement, Independent Living Gallery, 18 one-woman shows, Outstanding Award in Teaching/Medgar Evers College, Black Enterprise, Press, Bcat, Biography of Jacqueline Amos, Medgar Evers College Radio, Roundtable Radio.