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...
Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Dr. Dorothy Cotton
We have been through so much this past week with what is happening in Portland and in other cities around the country, only to have it capped by an oncoming hurricane, with a gale-wind fury only matched by the unconstitutional conduct by unidentified forces, and with that in mind here is my latest piece...
by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
It is within striking distance now.
Who will be swept up...
unmasked, unmarked, be the unknown...
amidst our already clouded nation
where the reign of a true democracy is at peril.
Where the insistent call for harmony
does not melt the little fires burning everywhere.
Where braver folk are muzzled
And the best of us are puzzled
are called upon to choose or loose
for the rest of us.
Oh, great Mothering, hovering spirit…
If only we had truly listened to the rhetoric
understood the meteoric
rise to power of this great divider.
Could we have changed the trajectory of this storm
trooping and bifurcating its intentions
which has so separated our nation?
This storm is in our midst.
Is not in the far distance.
Will we just let it brew, let it skew
us beyond our common covenant?
Will we just abide and disregard this tumultuous disruption
And ignore this oh so inconvenient…but truly necessary interruption?
Or will we claim this storm?
Allow it to lead us to inevitable conversation,
to the most difficult of coalescing, congregating, convening.
Will we insist upon the Great Coming Together?
Will we answer this summoning,
hear the insistent drumming?
Form a wider circle where all can speak.
Where all are heard.
We must behold and begin a collective reckoning
that we can no longer ignore,
until we forge a national solution
before the storm
trumps all we are—
...and all we know.
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