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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


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On this special day, I want to recognize the legacy of a man that I had the honor of meeting when I was in SNCC—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I would not only see him at joint SNCC/SCLC meetings in Georgia (an organizational relationship forged by Ella Baker), but he brought toiletries to all of us in jail after being arrested for protesting in Albany, GA.  And it is in his memory I dedicate this week's poem, Bridge, that absolutely addresses the faux calls for unity by Congressional apologists, who helped to stoke the insurrectionists. The poem also celebrates the magnitude of an inauguration with a white male president-elect, who is not only NOT afraid of a woman as his Vice President, but fully embraces that she is a Black/South Asian woman... So, yes, Dr. King, your dream continues to be realized, in spite of the continued efforts to stop it...


by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Spare us the dusty excuses...


We will not

Go backwards.

It is not without regret

That we must move you on

Assure that you leave

So that light

Will seep into us once again


We will not apologize for



Nothing will cease our celebration

It is ours to look forward to

Even as Winter

Still in our midst

Yet allows us to once again

View a new birth of Spring.


We must move now as a bridge

not a tunnel

Be on the brink of reaching across

Gathering even all of us

To celebrate


© 2020 Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely. All rights reserved.

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