A powerful poem by Mandy Bee inspired by Dear Evanston's Uncomfortable Journey to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, September 13 to September 15, 2019

September 17, 2019

"For You Are Me--A Whisper From Our Ancestors"

I had my time on this earth & now it's past
My spirit you see is free
free at last

 

The conditions here were not right you see
You will understand one day
... for you are me

 

My soul is not held captive anymore
In this space it is clear
that's not all what we're created for

 

After your visit you will question what should your response be
Do not worry ... the journey will give you vision through my eyes
... for you are me

 

Do not carry on your shoulders the weight of my pain
For it would only hold you back & give strength to the chains
once again

 

Take with you what is needed allow the rest to flee
I am with you always and forever
...for you are me

 

Take with you what is needed allow the rest to flee
I am with you always and forever
... for you are me

 

Now is the time for you to take flight
You took the journey
and to you I pass on my courage, my spirit, my fight

 

Together we must move forward
continue to seek justice & create peace
The pursuit for freedom lives on in you
... For you ... are me

 

 Photo credit for Memorial sculpture detail: Shannon Sudduth

 

 Mandy Bee hugging a fellow participant goodbye when we arrived back at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) at 1:15 a.m. Monday morning.

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