Aaron O. Ammons is a father, a brother, a son, friend and a published poet. He is the author of two works of poetry, Journey Through Another Man’s Mind and Surviving’ Me. Ammons hosted and was the master of ceremonies for the Whirlwind Project poetry slam 2006. “Brotha A-Dub,” as he is commonly known, is also the co-founder and president (2003) of a national poets group called, “The Renaissance Poets.” Currently he is the coordinator for the S.P.E.A.K. (song, poetry, expression, art & knowledge) Café, a joint project of the African American Studies & Research Program and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ammons is also a founding member of Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice. He has worked on several successful social justice campaigns, such as Community Court-watch, Champaign County Jail Inmate Phone Contract, and Eavesdropping Campaign. He has also initiated, with members of CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, several educational forums, including Forgiveness Weekend, focusing on felony disenfranchisement, as well as organizing the annual Unity March. Ammons’ goal: to use poetry as a tool for self-development and community empowerment.