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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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Maya Angelou – Eloquence

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Eloquence – fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.

When I think of Maya Angelou, I think of eloquence. To me, eloquence is more than just having a way with words. It’s making your words come alive. It’s moving your reader to the point of feeling what you felt. Eloquent speech is captivating.

Eloquent speech requires well used words placed properly in order to grasp and motivate the reader. Maya Angelou’s poetry was eloquent. Maya Angelou’s books were captivating. Maya Angelou was eloquent.

Today, I am motivated to be eloquent with my words. To have purpose and meaning behind what I say and write. I am motivated to inspire with my speech. I am motivated to choose my words carefully. I am motivated. Eloquence does that.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou

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