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ABOUT THIS OFFERING

Today’s offering is made in celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is to be featured in Kevin’s forthcoming book ‘When We Free The World.’

we them people

By Kevin Powell

dream on
dreamer
the way Alvin Ailey
and Maya Angelou
and George Floyd
and Breonna Taylor
dreamed of
southern-baked
pilgrims
dancing and
slow marching
their sorrows
down the yellow
brick roads
of
second-line members
humming from
the heels of their dirt-kissed feet:
i wanna be ready/to put on my long white robe….
we are survivors
we are survivors
we are survivors
of people
who were free
and became slaves
of people
who were slaves
and became free
we know why the caged bird sings
we know what a redemption song brings
we them people
we the people
we are those people
who shall never forget
our ancestors all up in us as we sleep
our grandmother all up in us as we weep
because we are
native american
black irish welsh french german polish italian
jewish puerto rican mexican greek russian
dominican chinese japanese vietnamese
filipino korean arab middle eastern

we are biracial and we are multicultural
we are bicentennial and we are new millennial
we are essential and we are frontline
we are everyday people and we are people everyday
we are #metoo we are #metoo we are #metoo
we are muslim christian hebrew too
we are bible torah koran atheist agnostic truer than true
we are rabbis and imams and preachers and yoruba priests
tap-dancing with buddhists and hindus and rastafarians
as the Nicholas Brothers
jump and jive and split the earth in half
while Chloe and Maud Arnold
them syncopated ladies
twist and shout and stomp and trump
hate
again—
again—
again—
yeah
still we rise still we surprise
like we got Judith Jamison’s crying solo in our eyes
every hello ain’t alone every good-bye ain’t gone
we are every tongue every nose every skin every color every face mask
we are mattered lives paint it black
we are mattered lives paint it black
we are mattered lives paint it black
we are every tattoo every piercing every drop of blood
every global flood
we are straight queer trans non-gender conforming
we are she/he/they
we are disabled abled poor rich
big people little people in between people
we are protesters pepper-sprayed with knees on our necks
we are protesters pepper-sprayed with knees on our necks
we are protesters pepper-sprayed with knees on our necks

we them people
we the people
we are those people
who will survive
these times
because we done
survived
those times
where pandemics were
trail of tears and lynchings and holocausts
where pandemics were
no hope and no vote and no freedom spoke
we them people
we the people
we are those people
while our planet gently weeps
we bob and bop
like hip-hop
across the tender bones
of those tear-stained photographs
to hand to
this generation
the next generation
those revelations
yeah
that blues suite
yeah
that peaceful dance
inside a raging tornado
we call
love

Saturday, June 6, 2020
5:37am

Kevin Powell
Creator

Kevin Powell

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

United States

HOME-BASE

Brooklyn, NY

PEACE BUILDER BIOGRAPHY

Kevin Powell is a poet, journalist, civil and human rights activist, public speaker, and the author of 14 books. His new book is When We Free The World (ebook and audio book published exclusively with Apple Books), a collection of writings about the present and future of America.

DAILY PEACE ACTION

Never forget that peace is a practice, like love. Peace means we must embrace kindness, compassion, understanding, and have the ability not just to talk, but to listen. Peace means we desire to be bridge-builders, not bridge-destroyers. Peace is healing, of ourselves, of others. What is one conversation you can engage in as an active listener today? Not just listen, really listen!