Magazine article Multicultural Education

This Poem Wants 2 B A Revolutionary

Magazine article Multicultural Education

This Poem Wants 2 B A Revolutionary

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This poem wants to make a change . . .

To be a strong yet silent raised fist in Mexico, 1968.

To stand at a window w/a shotgun writing the words

"By any means necessary"

To sit in at a lunch counter in Birmingham, Alabama

Until it is read

To start a breakfast program in Compton, California

In order to feed hungry minds

To stand up for its rights in Akron, Ohio and shout,

"Ain't I A poem?"

To integrate an all white book store under protection of the National Guard

And if George Wallace says to it,

"You will not enter unless it's over my cold, dead, body. . ."

This poem will gladly take him up on his offer.

Take the hand of other poems deep in the South Georgia woods and lead them to freedom

Under cover of night-light.

Play it's own music, live in Jamaica and

Grow Nappy Locs,

Start a union with A. Phillip down at the docks,

Find out what would happen

"If Beale Street Could Talk."

This poem will get accused of "Ego Trippin" but

will not take it personally while saying

"And Still I Rise. …

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