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We Will RISE....the Phoenix from the Flame: a poem of black power and resilience


Credit: Angela Weiss Getty Images

By Sevgi Fernandez


You profile us, beat us, kill our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers


You use your state given power to murder, beat, rape and demean us with the hope deep inside that you can hold us down, keep us down and stop the inevitable end of your white supremacy


But we are a resilient people,

Kings and Queens destined for greatness and we will have justice BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY


Our history and adversity has bred a strength you cannot imagine or ignore.


Retribution, restitution and the rise of our people is written.


Our knowledge and culture and determination leads us, we will not stand down, we will not stand idly by...


We will rise


We will challenge your system and tear it apart with our love, our tears, our hearts and our determination to honor all those before us who have paid the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of your hate


We will meet you head on, unafraid and willing to pay with our lives if necessary until your system of corruption and protection dies at our hands, as our people have died at yours


Make no mistake the day will come


We will rise, as Kings and Queens


We will rise


Black Power is not just a statement but a reality within each of us, growing each time you attempt to steal our souls and stamp us out, we will rise and meet you head on


Knowledge is POWER and we shall overcome


Black power, Black excellence


Equality, Equity and Freedom are our Future✊🏾


We will RISE 🙌🏾

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