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 Georgia—the state that Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft, famously escaped from slavery nearly 115 years earlier...
As we continue to be subjected to the erratic whims of the Chaos-In-Chief, as a descendant of freedom fighters and a SNCC alum, I am very, very encouraged with the MILLIONS of Early Voters around the country. I hope you're an Early Voter, too, or planning to be an Early Voter before November 3rd. We need those early returns to show up onscreen Election Night all in for Biden-Harris and Democratic down ballots at the state, county and local levels—for ALL offices, not just the legislators and elected executive officials. #VOTE like your life depends on it, because it does...
Dr. Dorothy Cotton
Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
I N T E R V A L
by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Sometimes it is possible to hold one’s breath
And still breathe
And turn all the loss and longing
From fear into hope.
In these next hours, days really,
Our exhaustion rises.
Our intentions are laid bare...are stuffed and
Inserted into the metal boxes
We pray will not be violated
On unattended street corners.
There is an eerie calm just below the surface,
Which if disturbed may well explode
And all the desperation will re-emerge.
Like un-shattered glass
We are each
Reflecting only the sun/son we alone worship
Refusing the other any light.
How can we not tremble?
How can we not wrap our arms around each other
Even in this uncertainty,
And find some brief solace
In this tense interval
For whatever we have done
or left undone.
© 2020 Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely. All rights reserved.