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Creative Community Organizing by Angela Davis, Si Kahn

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1 Unite the Divided, Divide the United

Have you heard of General Nathan Bedford ForrestFor five years he fought the Yankees hand to handBut after Appomattox he got lonesomeSo he went and organized the Ku Klux KlanHis ex-soldiers crossed the Mississippi RiverAnd founded Forrest City, ArkansasI never got to meet old General ForrestBut then he never met my old friend, Mervin Barr

All along the bars and grills of Forrest CityTalking to the people where they are“I think it’s time for us to get togetherThere’s no need to be afraid,” says Mervin BarrShooting pool to supplement the pensionFrom injuries he got in the MarinesWhen he talked, you couldn’t help but listenHe was the gentlest man I’ve ever seen

Some days he was too sick to leave the Southside ...

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