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Poems of the Freedom Movement

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From the Freedom Movement
About the Freedom Movement
Freedom School Poems
The Forerunners

From the Freedom Movement

Chude Pam Allen (Pam Parker)
       To Be Twenty Again
       For Justice and For Love
       Remembering
       Wayne Yancey

"Arkansas" ("Strider," Jim Benston)
       Ode to Jimmy Lee

Joan Dresner Bernstein
       The Little Girl From Little Rock

Margaret Block
       Vote or Die
       If You Don't Vote, Don't Cry
       Justice and Jive (A History Poem of American Justice)
       For My Young Black Brothers

Nina Boal
       Meridian Jail

Julian Bond
       Look At That Girl
       I Too, Hear America Singing

Joyce Brown (16)
       The House of Liberty

Fatima Cortez-Todd
       To Rest Safe and be Fed

Charles Fager
       On Meeting Mrs. Septima Poinsette Clark

Jerry Farber
       The Liberals' Song

Sam Friedman
       Mimeograph

Betty Gamble
       A Mother's Plea

LuLu Westbrook Griffin
       Americus, Georgia in Sixty Three
       Memories of The Stockade
       Po' Man
       Be
       Move On
       Smile
       Faith
       Justice Let it Stand
       Once Upon a Time
       Martin L. King & Elvis, The "KING" Of ROCK

Bruce Hartford
       Mississippi Voter Rally
       Grenada March #107

Casey Hayden
       On Organizing

Gloria Larry House
       Selma, 1965

Will Inman
       A Mirror to the South (for Emmett Louis Till)

Abdul Aziz Khaalis (Jan Leighton Triggs)
       Mississippi Street Song in Hinds County
       Parchman Cell

Steve McNichols
       A Moment of Silence

Gregory Orr
       The Demonstration
       Solitary Confinement

Zellie Rainey Orr
       We Are One
       America

Bernice Johnson Reagon
       Ella's Song

Stephen Rose
       The Stones Cried Out

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner
       fannie lou...the woman who

Jane Stembridge
      Mrs. Hamer
      The Children
      Automation
      The Flute

Molly Lynn Watt
      Dr. King Looked Out
      Civil Rights Update
      Ballad of Jimmie Lee Jackson
      Captive
      Race Riff
      Fayette County Tennessee
      Outside Agitator N*****-Lover Commie
      Tennessee Road Signs 1963
      Which Side Are You On?
      Instructions at Rev. Reeb's Home (1965)

Annette Jones White
       Mass Meeting in Albany, Georgia
       To Bernice Reagon (Revisited)
       Looking Glass Self
       The Patio Fishio
       On Voting

Rob Wood
       FREDM

Bob Zellner
       To Vincent and Rosemarie Harding

Freedom School Poems

Poems written by Freedom School students, Mississippi, 1964.
I am Mississippi Fed, Ida Ruth Griffin
The House of Liberty, Joyce Brown
Lonely, Wilma Byas
Fight on Little Children, Edith Moore
Our Largest and Smallest Cities, Nettie Rhodes
Who Am I?, Sandra Jo-Ann 0.
A Leader, Roosevelt Redmond
Isn't It Awful?, Edith Moore
A Negro Condition, Lillie Mae Powell
Why Do They Hate Us? What Has the Negro Done?, Florence Seymour
What Does Freedom Mean? Madeline McHugh
Because I'm Black, Ruth Phillips
I am a Negro, Rosalyn Waterhouse
Three Strikes to Freedom, Mary Zanders
Freedom in Mississippi, David Marsh
Why Did I My Don'ts, Sandra Ann Harris
Segregation Will Not Be Here Long, Allan Goodner
Don't Give A Subject, Shirley Ballard
Once I Wanted to Fill the Earth With Laughter, Lynda
Time, Shirley Ballard
Mr. Turnbow, Lorenzo Wesley
Nov. 22, 1963, Arelya J. Mitchell
Other Children, Airvester Bowman
Roads, Airvester Bowman
Life, People, the Mysteries of Time, Charlie Brown
The Wind, Cora Sanders
Spring, William Smith
Poem, M.C. Perry
Who What Dropped When?
Mine, Alice Jackson
Changing The American Stage, Elnora Fondren
The Voice of Freedom, Robert Lee
Say Freedom!, Mitchell M

About the Movement

June Brindel
       The Road From Selma

June Jordan
       Jim Crow: The Sequel

Mike Kellin
       Hartman Turnbow

Yusef Komunyakaa
       Knights of the White Camellia & Deacons of Defense

Naomi Long Madgett
       Alabama Centennial
       Midway

Richard C. Raymond
       Dixie Definitions

Dudley Randall (1914-2000)
       Ballad of Birmingham
       Booker T. and W.E.B.

The Forerunners

Sterling Brown (1903-1989)
       Strong Men

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)
       Saturday's Child
       Incident

Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906)
       We Wear the Mask
       The Colored Soldiers
       The Haunted Oak

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
       The Slave Auction
       The Slave Mother
       Bury Me in a Free Land

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
       Children's Rhymes
       Cross
       Comes the Colored Hour
       Dreams
       I, Too, Sing America
       Let America Be America Again
       Merry-Go-Round
       Warning!
       What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
       Down Where I Am

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
       Fifty Years, 1863-1913
       Lift Every Voice and Sing

Claude McKay (1891-1948)
       America
       White Houses
       If We Must Die

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
       Ain't I a Woman?


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