02 February, 2010

Black History Month is Here

Yesterday, February 1st, marked the beginning of Black History month in the United States and in Canada. It is during this month that we all take time to look at black history, the struggle which Blacks went through to be where they are today. It is true that the way Blacks were treated in the initial stages of history was despicable. However, there is much to learn from Black History. Black History has taught us that we are all people with rights. It has also taught us to fight for what we believe in. Most importantly it has shown us that our circumstances do not make us who we are. For we can rise above every circumstance and be who we ought to be. Like Maya Angelou, we can all rise.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
Maya Angelou


  1. Great Post! Always loved that poem. Keep up the great work. Hope you keep rising also. Luvs u!

  2. Hi Lady- wonderful poem. I have one by maya A. on Faith. I;ll posy it on a blog for you. Have a good night. ~S~

  3. Wow, I love that poem, she is great.