During her senior year at Syracuse University, Flose Boursiquot received a request from a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority asking that she write a poem for a women’s empowerment event. Flose, who sometimes looks to other people’s experiences for inspiration, channeled Pakistani activism, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and gun-shot wound survivor, Malala Yousafzai.
Malala’s experience fighting for the education of girls gave rise to “March on Sister,” a poem found in Flose’s first collection of poetry, Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe.
When Flose wrote “March on Sister” about five years ago, she had no idea Malala would ever read the piece nor did she think she’d have the opportunity to be featured on the Assembly platform which gives voice to amazing girls and women who going against the grain for greater good.
“I’m most proud of saying no to fear really. In saying no to fear and just doing the things that I want to do, so much positive comes to fruition,” Flose tells Tess Thomas, the editor of Assembly.
Flose is thrilled to be associated with Malala because of her own personal passion for doing good and personal belief that educating girls brings humanity closer to justice.
Read the Flose’s full profile and watch Flose recite her powerful poem on Assembly: https://assembly.malala.org/stories/let-it-flose