Shawntay Stocks is a Baltimore educator and doctoral student in UMBC’s Language, Literacy and Culture program.
I, too, Wanted to Sing Praise to America
I wanted to sing the praises of America
Celebrate the beauty of her
Yet, my heart laid heavy with grievance
And I could not just celebrate and dance
My critical mind challenged her glories
And required I share a different story
One that called her to stand up to her ideals
Because right now equal justice is not real
Justice does not stand tall for all
For some, it is invisible and on the run
And we chase it down so that we can be unbound
Breaking free of marginalization and chains
So that all have access to equity and future gain
Our America still has a lot of growing to do
And many of the poets exposed it too
We weaved our words and worlds on that Friday night
to drum beats and uplifting cadence illuminating our plight
Vowing to continue the fight
Towards justice and equal civil rights!
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