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Ode to Black History

Just like Maya

I wish I could write

I wish my words

Would inspire others to join the fight

 

Like Harriet

I wish I was brave

I’d be so legit

Leading to freedom, today’s modern slaves

 

I wish I could dream

Like Langston or Martin

I’d come up with great things

To have a part in

 

And if I was bold

Like Angela Davis

I’d be like Sojourner Truth

I’d be courageous

 

Or maybe I’d want to be immovable

Like Rosa Parks

I’d want even my sitting

To light a spark

 

Or what if I could speak

Like Mr. Frederick Douglass

I’d be able to voice the truth

For so many of us

 

And if like W.E.B. DuBois or Carter G. Woodson

I was smart

I would know where to end

I would know where to start

 

Yet if I was like Hattie McDaniel

I’d play my part

I’d create and cultivate

I’d perfect my art

 

If I were a strong leader like Malcolm

With the influence of Martin

Maybe I would soften some hearts

That have been hardened

 

But even if I’m just Chanel

With limitations

I can still do my part

To motivate this nation

 

If black history

Means so much to me

I’d put into practice

All that I could be

 

I’d learn from their examples

And I’d do my best

I would be who that had in mind

When they were on their quests

 

 

 

 

 

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Angela Davis – Bold

wg_watercolor_smudges_9Bold – (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

Angela Davis. Talk about bold. Angela Davis is an educator and activist who became known for her involvement in a politically charged murder case in the early 70s. She knew about racial prejudice from her life experiences in Alabama, and as a teenager, she organized interracial study groups, that were broken up by the police.

Davis became a professor at UCLA, but loss favor with administration due to her ties with the Black Panther Party and communism. Although she was fired, she fought them in court and got her job back, but chose not to return when her contract expired.

Davis was brought up on charges in connection with an escape attempt made for George Lester Jackson. He and other prisoners had been accused of the murder of a prison guard, although it is believed that they were used as scapegoats because of their political involvement in prison.

After 18 months in jail, Angela Davis was acquitted in June 1972. After some time traveling and lecturing, she returned to teaching and teaches courses on the history of consciousness.

What this country needs is more unemployed politicians. – Angela Davis

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