Black Poetry : Tired of Being Tired... A tribute

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Heartbeat, Feb 22, 2002.

  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "Sick and tired of being sick and tired"
    Been hearing this phrase a time or two
    Folks taking credit with out disclaimer
    Without giving recognition to the originator
    The Civil Rights hero
    Fannie Lou Hamer

    Born in rural Mississippi
    She came up hard
    She came up black
    In a Mississippi jail
    She was brutally attacked

    A champion for Women's rights
    Sharecropper conditions
    Voter Registration
    Strong and determined
    She crashed the 1964 Democratic Convention

    Black Mississippians
    On the convention floor
    Representing thousands
    Fannie Lou Hamer their voice
    The nation listened
    There was no choice

    She vowed to help get it done
    While she was still fighting
    While she was still alive
    One of many unsung heroes
    Responsible for the voting rights act of 1965

    Few women are recognized
    For their civil rights contributions
    This woman who was so
    "Sick and tired of being sick and tired"
    Did something
    Something that should make us all very proud
    Those words helped form a movement
    She said it often and she said it loud

    Thank you my sister from the deepest of the south
    Each time I vote
    I will always remember
    The will and determination of Fannie Lou Hamer

    BE
     
  2. GQ

    GQ Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Excellent....

    tribute BE!!!!

    :peace:
    GQ
     
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    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thank you for adding this beautiful piece of historical fabric to our Black tapestry....

    a
     
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    N2urSoul Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Tell it like it T. I. is BE!!

    Well done!

    N2
     
  5. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Poets. Unfortunately, far too many people who did so much during those days will never receive the recognition they deserve. Just trying to do my bit for that group.

    BE
     
  6. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    if you have more work like this
    i'd love to see it
    man i learned something today
    and that ain't a bad thing

    peace
    dssNY
     
  7. adefinitediva

    adefinitediva Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    BE,
    Thanks! Being from the 'Sip, I was already aware of Ms. Hamer. However, this read did my soul some good.
     
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    sick and tired of being sick and tired...

    ...ain't that the truth
    since the days of my youth
    in that mississippi land
    i've seen the struggle
    ...felt jim crow's oppressive hand
    i gives my 'preciate
    to tag on with yours
    for my sistah, Fannie Lou Hamer
    and all those before
    who struggled for the rights
    that allow you and i
    to sit at the counter
    with no one asking WHY.

    beautiful peace, BE.
    THANKS for flowing.
     
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