Anwar Aswad Amir was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1945 and passed away on November 4, 2008 in Richmond Heights, Ohio. He was published many books, newspapers, and more than ten poems in the global magazine Reggae Report and various anthologies. He won the Golden Poet's Award in both 1988 and 1989 also Who's Who in Poetry in 1990. Anwar was the author of the Million Man March poems "Black Monday" commemorating The Million Men in Washington, D.C. in 1995. He also received from the National Authors Registry, the 1998 President's Award for Literary Excellence for his literary work, "The Breaking Point" which has received Honorable Mention in the Spring 1997 Iliad Literary Awards Program. The poem will appear in the upcoming edition of Commemorating Excellence: The 1998 President's Award and will contain the works from some of the best writers around the world. The poem "Baby's Father" is featured in the upcoming anthology Crossroads from Iliad Press.
He was very community conscious and worked with at-risk youth's from age twelve to eighteen in a jail diversion program and has received awards from the City of Cleveland, The House of Representatives, The United States Congress, The State of Ohio, The East Cleveland Municipal Court, The City of East Cleveland and the State Attorney Generals Office. He was also very vocal against the social ills of child abuse and crack-cocaine. Amir was a speaker addressing important issues. His book Love, Illusions & Tragedies is a positive statement of his people, his race, his religion, his heritage, and his culture. His book was written to address you, not to impress you.
"To read Anwar Aswad Amir, literary works should inspire, and awaken the readers to the realities of their duty and responsibilities to themselves, their culture, race, and history. Anwar Aswad Amir is indeed an enlightening force that has been blessed with this divine ability to revive the positiveness of our inner most vibratory sense! That one should pray that these words of enlightenment will receive your constant care and affection and remembrance, for only rarely does an author of this insight, sensitivity and intelligence share Gods gift to him with you."Sincerely,
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