From Surviving to Thriving
Took an involuntary cruise to an unknown land. To a country where all their rights were band.
Kings and Queens forced to roll up their sleeves. Picking cotton until their hands bleed.
Mothers and daughters raped. For many the Underground Railroad was how they escaped.
Many couldn’t read or write, a right only for the whites.
Not allowed to go to school, experiencing things low down and cruel.
Talking to the wrong girl could get you beat. Arrested for refusing to give up their seats.
Sons murdered for sport, cases thrown out of court.
Still many learned to read and write. They are the reason we have light.
Their inventions where many, with them came a few pennies.
From working cotton fields in the heat, to operating Black Wall Street.
Becoming the first generation of Freeman. From slaves, to negros, to colors, to African-American.
Many sacrificed their lives, so the next generation could thrive.
Showing how the struggle is a blessing. Giving us all many valuable lessons.
From surviving to thriving.
15 December 2018