Freedom Torch.
Article Type: Poem
Subject: Poetry
Author: Mayfield-Hayes, Linda
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754380
Full Text: Linda Mayfield-Hayes is a Brooklyn born poet, known to the on-line poetry community as Slendah, believes Blacks should be proud of their heritage and others should try to understand it. In her book, "Afroetry", she uses poetry as a means of teaching Black people about their history, heritage and culture. These are lessons that were never taught in school. Though many of her poems reveal the hardships people of color have endured, they were written to open people's eyes to the fact that Blacks are a strong race of people able to succeed against all odds, while at the same time, contributing significantly to human progress. She wrote this book with zealous devotion to people of African descent, in hopes of reminding them of their strengths, inspiring them to get back on track, and motivating them to strive to be all that God intended. The above poems are from her book "AFROETRY: Afrocentric Poetry that Educates and Motivates", the book is available through and at
Freedom Torch

   Our heritage is a proud one
   We descend from Kings and Queens
   But we were ripped from our homeland
   Treated like animals, not human beings;

   As slaves we built this country
   Known as the US of A
   It's through our blood, our sweat and tears
   America's become what it is today;

   Our struggle still continues
   But we'll reach that mountain top
   Our ancestors passed us the freedom torch
   And we dare not let it drop.
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