A poem of heritage

“An Ode to African American History Month”. 






He’s going to float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee

Oh is that Mr. Muhammad Ali I see

For boxer and activist who punched his way through the world


Teach me how to dance

For allow us to do a pirouette because Mr. Alvin Ailey taught us that

He danced his way through the civil rights movements leaving us with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater 


Yes the power of written words to send to the presses

Mr. Robert Abbott left his mark on paper

Forever leaving us with The Chicago Defender


When she finally decided to unmute herself

The world of poetry was forever changed

Maya Angelou rose to occasion 

And we will forever hear her words


He knew that God didn’t separate people

Only men did that

For Richard Allen and his teaching formed the AME church


You don’t always have to be seen to make a difference 

Mrs. Ella Baker showed us that

Creating the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Also known as, “Fundi”, your work is remembered


You better keep on writing and never stop

Because writing a novel to James Baldwin is a piece of cake

You can “Go Tell It on the Mountain” any day and he would still be writing


Fighting your way to the top and protecting your nation

We salute you Mr. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.

For being the first African American General in the U.S Army

No battle is too big for you


You had better sing it girl

All the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Aretha Franklin did just that


A piece of you will forever live on 

And because of you

Many are alive today

Henrietta Lacks you are more than just history


For an ode to African American History month

I hope you too learned a thing or two

For knowledge is powerful

And history can never be unwritten


(Lacresha Dowdy is a graduate of Clinton High School, Piedmont Technical College, and Claflin University in Orangeburg. Since December, 2009, she has been the City of Clinton, Municipal Court, clerk of court.)

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