It's Black history month, so we come to celebrate,
all the hues of brown that made our nation great!
From Fredrick and Harriet to Mandela, and Muhammad Ali, because of the stance they took, we are allowed to be free.
Langston, Louis, Billie, Malcolm, and Martin, are only a few,
of the great black leaders who have rep-ped for me and you!
George Washington Carver nvwas scientist,a botanist and, an inventor too.
There is no endeavor,
the black man won't pursue.
We've made strides in medicine,
that many are unaware ,
just google... John Jordan, or Daniel Hale Williams,
the amazing facts are there!
We have even taken our talents, to Hollywood,
We overcame racism , in an industry,
where no one ...thought we could!
So, Thank you,
Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, (Porti-air)
Thank you, gone!
Ella, Mahalia, Marion, Natalie and Whitney,
Nat, Ray, Barry, Isaac, and Teddy.
Luther, Gerald, Michael, and Prince...
I heard you on the radio,
And I've been in love, since!
You have all gone on to glory,
but your music we won't forget,
Missing your physical presence,
Is our only regret!
to ALL, of our fearless athlete,
Your dedication and diligence
nearly ... IMPOSSIBLE to defeat!
Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph,
Arthur Ashe, Williams Sisters, and Hussain Bolt,
Your athletic prowess,
give the ENTIRE world ...a jolt!
Simone Biles ...a phenomenal gymnast you are,
And thank you,
Misty Copeland...for raising the bar.
You opened the door,
to the American ballet ,
and now, other black girls,
aspire...to be you one day!
an Olympic champion, of the pool,
Her tenaciousness and ability,
made swimming look cool.
I can't name you all,
because they are many, many more,
I could compile a list..that would fall to the floor.
Our journey, hasn't been easy,
That story, I could never sell,
For we looked towards Heaven,
When we were going thru Hell!
We are an accomplished people,
Because we are willing to fight,
We have been beaten and ostracized, for defending our rights.
When we immersed ourselves into politics,
we continued to excel.
Thus, Barack Obama, moved into the White House...
With his classy wife,
And though his adversaries, tried to cause him drama,
He persevered and overcame! Our FIRST, black President,
We love you, Obama!
May God grant you...longevity,
good health, and a life void of strife,
Now that you have left office,
and have returned, to civilian life!
Our People, were many times denied-a formal education,
But that, didn't diminish...our ability,
nor curb our motivation.
Our education was Oftentimes, self-taught,
It unfathomable, that one of US,
sits...on the Supreme Court!
Black people have gone from the slave house,
to the White House.
From share croppers to show stoppers!
From the back of the bus,
to driving the bus,
Now...the owner of the bus,
looks like us!
From cleaning the office ,
to becoming the CEO,
America has Watched us hustle,
She has watched us flow!
There is no ceiling,
that we can't crash,
We are fortuitous people,
Just check out our past!
There is no challenge we won't meet
We may fall,
But we get back on our feet!
there is nothing ,
that can stop you, from being a success!
You are highly favored and divinely blessed!
So fight your fight!
encourage others to do the same,
You shouldn't do it for money,
Nor , should you do it for fame!
Each one, must teach one,
So, that we continue to advance,
We must empower the next generation...
if we are to have ,
a fighting chance!
Thank you America,
For the certification,
That once you brought us here,
We helped BUILD this nation!
We are believers and achievers,
We are originators,
Black people are, Athletic, and Poetic,
we are, Intelligent,
and Socially relevant!
We are changers of the game,
And, No two are us,
are EVER the same!
I thank you-America
for allowing us,
to showcase our talents,
....and make You grand!
I truly thank you,
the BLACK WOMAN and the BLACK MAN!!!!
Copyright © Bonita Mercado | Year Posted 2017