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 slavery nearly 115 years earlier...

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SPECIAL GRADUATION RECOGNITION

6.12.2021

Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

As we enter this time of graduations at all levels, I wrote a special poem for our young people that I hope will be a source of inspiration as they move forward...reach forward...to this next wonderful stage of their lives...

REACHING FORWARD:  A GRADUATION SALUTE

​​by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

                                                                         You do know of course that you live in the whole world:

                                                                                      it is yours to revere… to claim…. to impact.

                                                                      In the collective imagination all are cherished, all are vulnerable

                                                                                                           All are responsible.

                                                                                      It is a carousel of possibilities.

                                                                      Today we celebrate each of you impacting the arc of your life.

                                                                      We lift you up for completing this step of graduation so that you may become

                                                                                        a tribal member of legacy and learning.

                                                                      It is a fierce ride this life we must lead; it is not for the faint of heart.

                                                                                 But then you already know that; you remember the hurdles,

                                                                                                            the late-night doubts,

                                                                                         all the overcoming that kept you drumming on.

                                                                      For you, for us, for our African American community,

                                                                                                  you are a beginning and a continuation.

                                                                              Please accept our pride in you and carry it forth into the wider world.                                

                                                                                                  As we salute you this evening cry out in unison:

                                                                                 Amandla!   Ashay!   Amen!  and  Hallelujah!

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