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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

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I am an activist, author, and teaching artist passionate about anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist education. I started Pens Up Press because I love to read and write and because I believe in the power of our people to liberate ourselves and each other through learning and grassroots activism. In conjunction with Pens Up Press, I manage the Uproar Poetry Group facilitating free creative writing workshops and supporting free open mic events. I live in Harlem with my dear friend Marcus Potts, my fiancee Xi'an Glynn, and my black cat Squeaky.

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