Chizom Okpara

The black history

This is what we talk about in the month of black history
To some people this is the month of just mystery
Black women, men and even there kids
Sold to rich people for very high bids
They where captured beaten and thrown in a ship
If you disobeyed you will be smashed by a whip
All these people cramped in one place
100s of people with no breathing space
Had to do chores but what could they do
Treated like animals fresh from the zoo
Very few people made the escape
But they didn’t get far they just got raped
A horrible feeling which has no word that describes
How they where chained up snatched from there tribes
Worked hard all day and got shouted at to go faster
The only people they could listen to where the white man there masters
Women where duped in fields forced to pick cotton
Plus remembering old families that they almost forgotten
Hoping the slave trade got better but only got worse
Now im gunner let Sami read the next verse
They were too scared to stand up for the rights they had to bring
But brave soles did such as martin Luther king
On the bus an individual shouted racist remarks
But she stood her ground her name was Rosa parks
This next person got thrown in jail just for being a black fella
Wondering who this person is, its nelson Mandela
The only black billionaire for how many years three
Yes that’s her it’s opra winfrey
Harriet Tubman worked underground all night
She was brave and stood up for what she thought was right
This all started by a racial disaster
A scar for life that you can’t with any old plaster
Thank you for listening to are poem of black history
The month that is no longer the month of just mystery

Submitted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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