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Memorial Day by Kristin Richardson Jordan

Memorial Day
By Kristin Richardson Jordan

I have no interest in a memorial day
Feigned honorable with lies of American pride
No interest in fake declarations of American freedom
While this nation continues to practice genocide
So instead like 1865
150 years ago
When slaves buried black union soldiers that died fighting to be free
this memorial poem
is written for our freedom-fighting soldiers
fallen while striving to help our people succeed
Medgar Evers and Patrice Lumumba
Lil’ Bobby Hutton and Queen Yaa Asantewaa
and so many others
the bold and the brave
Who have fought for our humanity
Against those wishing to keep us enslaved

(c) Kristin Richardson Jordan

p.s. shameless plug for Red Lotus Open Mic THIS WEDNESDAY be a part of activist art