Friday, April 2, 2021

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!


Today, I honor a Revolutionary Sister. A Political Activist, A Revolutionary Poet. An Author and Recording Artist. A Revolutionary Educator. An Influential Professor. Sarah Webster Fabio taught Black Studies at Merritt College and The University of California, Berkeley. Many of her students were Black Panther Party members.


FREE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

SARAH WEBSTER FABIO


The pen

is a weapon;

it can discharge

volleys of

meaning

hurled toward

the bull's eye

of truth;


It can deafen

the ear with

the roar of

a people's voice

clamoring for

justice.


It can kill

lies emitted

in ink from

oppressor’s presses

making beasts

of holy men

justifying

their slaughters


Black people

righteous men

throw away

those water pistols

what we need

are stoners to

riddle America's

bastions of

bigotry


which have

kept the black

man back

the poor people

poor

the dispossessed

and isolated

estranged from

the mainstream of life.


The pen

has always

been a white

weapon; it

must be wrested

from the oppressor’s

hands by

black power.


It must blast

forth the fire

of black

consciousness,

creating new images

of our people,

by our people,

for our people;


the black panthers

are the holy men

of our time;

they are the

last practitioners

of the judeo-christian

ethic - all others

have turned their

priesthoods into a mafia

protecting not man

but status quo.


Free Huey

Free American justice


Free Leroi

Free creativity & art


Free Rap

Free free speech


Free Bobby

Free love, respect and power


Free Eldridge

Free our souls on ice


Free black panthers,

Free humanism

free black men

Free goodness & honor

Free Hue, now

and Free us all.



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