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...

MY

WEEKLY 

WORD

8.8.20

Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

With all of the chaos being sown around us, sometimes we just have to regroup, to recenter, to pause...

AN UNEASY PAUSE

by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Will the concrete

Miss our feet...  will our feet

Miss us walking

Into the TV cameras that capture

Our anger

Our angst

That we put out there

Into the streets

Carrying the signs of our frustration

Exposing the conscience of the nation.

Since we have been forever walking

Generations plodding through the mud and mire

Of our endless ire

Ever since

Ever since

These dark shores claimed us

The endless fields maimed us

The Big House blamed us.

Is quiet a victory we so desire?

No more shouting

No more sirens

No more fires burning.

So our pleas can be wrapped in

Lawsuits

and

Judgements

Tied up in courts

Only to be handed down

as

Hand-me-down decisions.

Meanwhile our historical incisions still bleed

And our quiet means nothing

Only that we are momentarily

Exhausted.

 

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