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“It is from this past that I come
surrounded by sisters in blood
and in spirit
it is this past
that I bequeath
a history of work and struggle
Each generation improves the world
for the next.
My grandparents willed me strength.
My parents will me pride.
I will to you rage.
I give you a world incomplete
a world
where
women still
are property and chattel
where
color still
shuts doors
where sexual choice still
threatens
but I give you
a legacy
of doers
of people who takes risks
to chisel the crack wider.

Take the strength that you may
wage a long battle.
Take the pride that you can
never stand small.
Take the rage that you can
never settle for less”

Pat Parker, “legacy, III”

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