Blessing of the Black Statue of Liberty

March 27, 2011

May you be a symbol of freedom, even if you’re still not free
Because you suffer from class, race or gender inequality.
May you wear a crown of knowledge, to show you’re a conscious queen.
May your mask be one of happiness, though your history is full of misery.
May you take your people back home, and break them mentally free.
May you be the walking, talking, breathing, beautiful statue of liberty.

adapted from an excerpt of the poemBlack Statue of Liberty” by Jessica Care Moore

To view a moving spoken word performance, see this video of a talented fifth grader reciting the poem.

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One Response to “Blessing of the Black Statue of Liberty”

  1. Suze said

    I remember the first time you shared this. Very moving.

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