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Creative Community Organizing by Angela Davis, Si Kahn

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8 Start at the Finish Line

I was hiding in the brush by the Ohio RiverSarah by my side, the baby in my armsWhen the slave catchers found usWith our backs against the waterWinter come late, and the ice not formed

And they sold me back SouthTo the old Vann PlantationTwo hundred miles from my home and kinTo be buried in a grave with no marker on itRight on the spot where the new prison stands

I was walking the streets by the Anacostia RiverBut no one was hiring a young Black manWhen the District police picked me up for no reasonGave me 15 years for less than ten grams

And they sent me down SouthTo the old Vann PlantationTwo hundred miles from my home and kinTo be buried in a cell in a for-profit prisonTo make some men rich from the trouble I’m in ...

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