This image is of Peggy (R), then a 19 year-old SNCC member, next to future civil rights icon, Dr. Dorothy Cotton (L), after a 1962 church burning in Georgiathe state that Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft, famously escaped from enslavement nearly 115 years earlier...

M Y

W E E K L Y 

W O R D

IN MEMORY OF CHARLES M. SHERROD

10.22.22

Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

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​​Charles M. Sherrod

 First, let me apologize for taking so long to update, but after Juneteenth my schedule became extremely busy.  That being said, it is with a heavy heart that I return to give my condolences to Mrs. Shirley Sherrod & the family of civil rights icon, Charles M. Sherrod, who recently passed away.  It is especially tough for me, because Charles was actually the person who recruited me into SNCC from Harlem to do civil/voting rights activism in Lee County, Georgia the summer of 1962—and it changed me forever...

 

Therefore, my poem this week is in tribute to Charles and his extraordinary life. It's entitled, Sherrod! ...  

photo credit: Moises Saman, New York Times

Our spirit leader

A soul-force

Son-brother-husband-father-friend

Student-teacher-servant-leader

Listened with his whole self

Caressed the soil

Harnessed the earth

Canvassed the backroads

Permitted the mistakes

Recognized the reluctant

Lifted up the fearful

Gathered a New Tribe

Envisioned The Beloved Community

Shared the victories

Recognized  the defeats

Preached into the voids

A Soulful soldier

With a shy smile and a full laugh

Sang with head to the sky

And hand to the plow

Witnessed way too much

Never lost sight of the prize

Listened to all

Never left his post

Persisted beyond the parameters

Pondered all ideas

Insisted upon mutual respect

Modeled how to live

Became a reluctant hero

Praised the Almighty

Ordered his steps

Offered his life.

© 2022 Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely. All rights reserved.

S H E R R O D !

by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

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