Sunday, October 9, 2011

"For the millions" poem performed at restoration rocks music festival 2011



Yesterday was the 5th annual Restoration Rocks Music Festival in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. The festival was started off with a black history performance/remembrance of slavery. This poem, "For the millions" written by Abiodun Oyewole, was performed by Restoration plaza's dance company. Incase the video isn't clear, here is the full poem:
    For the millions of Africans chained to the slaves ships. For the millions of scars on the faces by the bullwhip. For the millions who jumped overboard for the blood that poured on the shores of North America, South America, Central America, Europe, and each ripple in the ocean is a grave of a African who refused to a be a slave. For the millions who cut the cane picked the cotton whose names have been forgotten whose flesh has rotted with the trees they hungs us from cut out our tongues cut off our hands if we played the drums. For the millions who were shot, hung, beat to death, tar and feathered, boiled in oil, whiplashed, backlashed, crocasacked, and thrown in the river castrated mis-educated segregated intergrated legislated by the constipated by the constipated. . . (See more here)

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