We who believe in freedom cannot rest

A song dedicated to Trayvon Martin’s family and all who have lost life and freedom because they are black in America.

Ella’s Song
Lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon
Sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers’ sons

That which touches me most is that I had a chance to work with people
Passing on to others that which was passed on to me

To me young people come first, they have the courage where we fail
And if I can but shed some light as they carry us through the gale

The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
Is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm

Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me
I need to be one in the number as we stand against tyranny

Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot, I’ve come to realize
That teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survives

I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard
At times I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

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2 thoughts on “We who believe in freedom cannot rest

  1. On May 11 of this year Marissa Alexander, a 31 year old Black woman, who had children in her home, was sentenced to 20 yrs for firing a warning shot when her abusive husband violated a restraining order and broke into her house.
    In 2010, an unarmed black man was killed when 10 Orlando police officers fired 137 rounds at him. (115 of which missed and went into the neighborhood). Video evidence was erased and initially the cops face no, zero, nada discipline or charges.
    In 2012 an Unarmed, Black Timothy Russell and an Unarmed, Black Malissa Williams were killed in 15 Cleveland officers fired 137 rounds at the unarmed couple (the same number as the Orland police did). At one point 59 police squad cars (1/3 of the police force) were involved in the pursuit (most without orders and some against orders) Less than a week later the local press was smearing Malissa Williams (she was homeless and she had had police contacts)

    So let me ask you, “Is this the type of Justice you want” ?

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