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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...





Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

With Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing on September 18 (also the start of Rosh Hashanah) and the well-deserved accolades that followed being countered by the vitriol as well as dashing of protocol to fill her seat, prompted me to step back last week for a moment of reflection... And below is what I would finally like to convey...


by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

In lace collar

Ms. Ruth

Brooklyn wordsmith that she was

Told us in no uncertain terms

“a cage is not a pedestal “

She never knew fatigue,

was never sidetracked by defeat.

I dream that in heaven Ms. Fanny Lou Hamer conspires with Ms. Ruth

And, oh, the raucous that they raise!

Justice Ruth, an energy unparalleled

A clear and persistent vision, courage at every roadblock.

She, born in 1933, influenced by the Holocaust

Was bourne to gift us in this new world

With her diaspora destiny

Was larger than her diminutive size.

On her shoulders …others will continue to stand

Up for this lady of legal brilliance.

Understood by and for the masses: Notorious RBG!

Weight-lifter, direct-gazer, no nonsense-taker

Finding in stare decisis a tool,

But only as it fit her own justice bound intentions.

She, our usher, our guide, our scout

Without any doubt

Blazing the trail

Creating a legal template with her life.

Zedek, zedek, tirdof”—Justice, justice...did SHE pursue!


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