Russell Goings
September 2011


Russell GoingsBorn in 1932, Russell Goings graduated from Xavier University, then signed as a professional football player.  He went on to found First Harlem Securities, the first African American-owned firm on the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1969, Goings became the first black chairman of the Studio Museum of Harlem, and he founded Essence magazine. He was the close friend and confidante of Romare Bearden.

In the 1990s, Goings turned his attention to poetry, studying with Kim Bridgford. After thirteen years, he published The Children of Children Are Coming: An Epic GriotSong, with an introduction by Bridgford and drawings by Bearden.  The book, which has sold over 15,000 copies, has been featured in an hour-long production on NPR, narrated by Brian Stokes Mitchell.

In affiliation with the publication of the book, he rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange a week before the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  He is a member of the Wall Street Hall of Fame.


Statement of Poetics

My soul opens my spirit to poetic expressions of soulfullness.




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