by Margaret I. Williams

Yesterdays have come and gone
How vivid still the memories

"I'm Black and I'm Proud"
We chanted in the streets
Voices of Freedom
Our cries overshadowed
By Whites screaming obscenities

Dr. King and Malcolm X
Delivered eloquent orations
Clarifying their dreams to the USA
And other nations
Setting the stage for peace amongst us
All peoples everywhere
And establishing greatness with their teachings

No "Last Poet" but I know it
Dr. King's "I Had A Dream"
That drove me many times to tears
And lifted my self-esteem

In mini skirts and go-go boots
Dashikis and platform shoes
We danced and sung along to R&Bs
45s and 33s

How ugly are the scars to me
JFK gunned down in the street
Martin Luther King outside his motel
Malcolm X, angering many folks,
Is no longer around as well
Unemployment rose to an all-time high
Welfare nearly ceased to be
Hardships fell upon many of us
Turning back the pages of history


Yesterdays by Margaret I. Williams

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