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...
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Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Dr. Dorothy Cotton
N O F I N A L C U R T A I N | 2 0 2 0
by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
There is no final curtain at this year’s end.
Perhaps It has been just an intermission...
An aberration that has enraged our senses
And has so distracted us
But let us not be scattered now.
Instead let us seek new partnerships
hold fast to new and spirit-filled alliances,
Celebrate those who build
and forge justice and make repair.
Let us choose liberation and kindness
over destruction and despair.
If we move on fiercely
we can sustain and create anew...
Mold community from chaos...
Make imperative the healing of our wounded hearts.
Perhaps in this year’s final hours we will decide to be more vigilant
To consciously mend the brokenness,
liberate our children’s dreams
And recognize that our deliverance
our one true imperative.
LET. US. FREE!
It is our cry from division, hatred, and greed.
Let us be boldly
And so communally resurrected,
that we perform in our real-life theatre of hope, justice, wokeness and emancipation...
that our words,
and our deeds,
become the script, the production, and the performance
…that will truly liberate us all.
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