Black Heroes: first movement (“if not us, who?”)

Ain’t even much a matter what happens tomorrow, ’cause we men, ain’t we?
–Trip (from the movie Glory)

There
Is
No time
To fake, front
Or ride the fence, when
It comes to doing the right thing.
Born in the margins of the melting pot, I’m made real

By
The
Ideal
That we are
Begotten by God–
To rise up…& be free! once we
Counted only as
Three-fifths a
Human
&
All

The
World’s
Wealth can’t
Compensate
For the vestiges
Of the peculiar institution
That ended one-hundred fifty years ago. & it

Would
Seem
As though
Old Jim Crow
& hate that hate made
Never left
Instead
Just
Stayed.

Manifest Destiny is now:

Time
To
Take back
Our future
As the descendants
Of those black heroes surviving
The Middle Passage. time to rise & shine on frontlines

Of
A
New day
For the sake
Of Malcolm, Martin,
Biko & the sea of unsung
Martyrs who perished
& perchance
To dream
For
Whom

The bells toll over & again.

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MDSHall

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