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...

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SPECIAL MLK RECOGNITION

4.4.21

Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

This particular Easter Sunday is bittersweet...as millions around the world celebrate the Resurrection, the date of April 4 also brings a historical blow since today is also the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.  Therefore, in Dr. King's memory, I wanted to relaunch my "Weekly Word" poetry with a special piece below in his honor entitled, Dr. King...Colors of Remembrance.  Please also note that the National Civil Rights Museum  is holding a commemorative event today at 5 pm CT, speakers include Rev. James Lawson

FLASH!

The King is dead.

The color is BLUE

Blues of the south.

Blues of sorrows

Of night skies after

Days in the fields

Daybreak to nightfall

Our people so weary

The blues play on,

Music of insurrectionour deliverance.

FLASH!

Our King died

The color is RED

Red earth...

Red clay of Georgia, Alabama  

His childhood earth, his earth heritage.

Red anger is our people’s color

We bleed the blood of generations

Of Medgars and Malcoms.

The color of Mississippi River water

Runs blood red—dark

Murky from death and devastation.

 

FLASH!

The King lives on

The color is YELLOW

How it handles the light

After all the darkness

That will not last forever.

King will endure

His luminescence will never extinguish

Not be Passed-Over

But is Resurrected

His music will play on

Our Movement Music…our redemption.

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D R.  K I N G...C O L O R S   O F  R E M B E R A N C E

by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely