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...
Dr. Dorothy Cotton
Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
There is no poem today, just words of gratitude that we now have a new president and a history-making vice president: first female, first person of color, first of South Asian/Asian descent, first Black/African-American and first HBCU graduate! And also a shoutout to Georgia with the two upcoming U.S. Senate run-offs where two GOP incumbents will go up against two formidable Democratic candidates: an African-American pastor and a former Congressional National Security Aide, who is Jewish. Which like the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris win, also has deeper meaning for me not only because I did my SNCC work in Georgia with pastors like GA Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock—also the senior pastor of Dr. King's Ebenezer Baptist Church—but my maternal great-great-grandparents, William and Ellen Craft were enslaved in Georgia before their famed and historic escape. And of course, it also has great meaning for me having known the late Andrew Goodman, who was Jewish, that GA Democratic Senate candidate, Jon Ossoff may become first Jewish senator from Georgia.
I'll have a new poem next week, but in the meantime, I will be celebrating this historic win, and look forward to our country healing and moving toward a more perfect union...
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