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A monumental journey
By Jackie Copeland-Carson, September 24, 2016*
Three slave ships forging
Gleaming inverted imhotep pyramid step
Ancestors finally to rest atop
Adjaye yoruba caryatids and coronas
Facade weaving ancient bronzed light tapestries--a(new)
Monument emerges from mall earth
By bunch hands
Where slave generations tread building white houses
Fighting civil wars, dreaming place
Into being 100 years
Echoing journeys from Motherland to
New world horrors then
Freedom's triumph with
A luta continua art birthing bold futures
Calling a people-nation-world to
*A community leader, scholar, and author, as well as poet and jazz vocalist, Jackie Copeland-Carson, PhD is COO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC). In her volunteer life, she is chair of the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet) and Black Philanthropy Month founder and has created Giving Arts, a national initiative promoting giving to the arts and the art of giving to build community. The sentiments expressed in this poem are her personal reflections and not necessarily those of organizations with which she is affiliated.