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VIDEO: Proud to Be Poem - Written and Performed by Peace

Walsall-based poet Peace has written and performed a 'Proud to Be' poem exclusively for Walsall for All as part of this year's Black History Month celebrations.

Poem transcript

Each year throughout this month we celebrate

Embracing each with pride and dignity

The very wonder of Black History

And this in unity we'll contemplate.

From north to south,

from east to west we rise,

To share appraise across the British Isles,

A journey which immeasurable in miles

Remains in truth - incalculable in size.

A journey one could trace across the ages

That leads us from, some say, the dawn of time,

To heights beyond the highest mountain climb.

A story that could fill a billion pages.

With what allure are we drawn to this place?

Forgotten not --- the souls of yesteryear

Because without them who would find us here

Affirming now their worthiness of praise?

Those doctors, lawyers, authors of invention,

Those kings and queens, wise elders of the state,

Those farmers, teachers, masters of debate,

Whose trials we shall for goodness sake here mention.

Those hands that formed traditional cuisine,

Which pleasures to this day our appetites.

That turned the key to unlock the delights

Of okra, callaloo and kidney bean.

Those parents who would sacrifice with grace

The joy that comes with watching offspring grow

Subduing each their pain at least to know

Their love secured for us a better place.

And with this let us sing we're proud to be

Ascendants of the precious seed of life

Emergent through the vestibule of strife

That oftentimes can hinder company.

As leaves upon a vast and mighty tree

Well worthy of our place in humankind

With each year, at this time we shall remind

Of who and why and what we’re proud to be.


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