FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE AWARD WINNING COLLECTION, FINALLY
HARAMBEE - Let Us All Pull Together
More than 400 years ago, the slave ships came to this shore
Dropping thousands of our ancestors and going back for more
Traveling back and forth with our people across the seas
Who on board were often gagged and bound on hands and knees.
If this country has any shame, then this is truly it
That for many years slavery ruled our people with its whip
And even after slavery was officially abolished
It has taken decades to erase the marks that demolished
A people of strong ancestry who were queens and kings
Who have fought and struggled to overcome many things
How did we make it through slavery and that horrific time
And overcome those obstacles that were meant to keep us in a bind?
We all pulled together.
But it didn’t end with slavery, no. There were more hurdles to jump
Jim Crow laws and segregation were the next big hump
Signs that read “whites only” and “coloreds over here.”
Many places we could not go because we were not allowed there.
We were promised forty acres and a mule, which we never received.
But we kept our faith in God and continued to believe
Even when our families were divided and our children taken away
To be auctioned and sold to the highest bidder of the day.
Then there was the injustice of lynchings of young boys, like Emmett Till.
But we continued and kept going on because of our strong will
To make it despite every obstacle that had been placed in our way
For we had a lot to give and most certainly a lot to say,
So we all pulled together.
Yes, we all pulled together in the struggle for our rights
And we got behind the movement and joined in some fights.
Whether Marcus, Medgar, Martin, Malcolm or Adam Clayton Powell right here
You can be sure our voices were heard across the United States somewhere
Because it is only in working together that we accomplish what we must
And as we continue to lean on one another and in the Lord we trust
That we can accomplish our mission for today
Then and only then can we really have our say.
So as we gather at this 400 years of Return Celebration,
In these extremely difficult times, when we need some inspiration
Fiscal crises, impeachment hearings, terrorism, threats of war and governmental change
So many things are happening that to us might seem strange.
How will we make it? How will we come out on top?
By doing what we’ve always done-- now is not the time to stop.
Slavery, segregation, Jim Crow…we’ve always made it through
And the only way to get through this is to do what we always do:
Harambee - let us all pull together.
Copyright ©; by Rolanda T. Pyle. All rights reserved.
Amazon.com: Beneath His Everlasting Wings Rolanda T. Pyle's compilation devotionals and poetry.
Amazon.com: Finally Rolanda T. Pyle's collection of poetry and stories.
Amazon.com: Gumbo for the Soul Rolanda contributed a poem to this award winning anthology.
Amazon.com: Gumbo for the Soul 2 Rolanda contributed a poem and a memoir to this sequel to the award winning anthology.
Amazon.com: To Grandmother's House We Go and Stay Rolanda contributed a chapter to this resource guide and study.
Authorhouse.com: Grandma's Hands, a Children's Story Book.
- Beautiful Women – Like You and Me Rolanda contributed the poem, "Black Woman, Tired."
The Billie Holiday Theatre Independent African American theatre in Brooklyn.
- C&B Books Distribution Distributors of RoRo's Rainbow Communications books.
- Catch the Wave Ministries was designed for pastors, laypersons, and disciples of Christ to assist them in finding their way out of the nominal Christian walk.
- Ceremonies | The Art of Cheryl Hanna Cheryl Hanna creates dreamlike, elegant and intense collages and paintings. This site presents her work, her biography, a critical essay and an resume.
- Citymeals-on-Wheels recognized Rolanda Pyle for her volunteer work for the renowned program that feeds New York City seniors — and others in need.
- ChristianStoryteller.com features the latest in fine Christian and family values books. Rolanda Pyle's page is here.
- Cynthia Bullock VA: Your Virtual Hands is a gifted virtual assistant who will help you run your business, not be run by your business.
- Daily News "Brooklyn People in Profile" interviewed Rolanda Pyle in 1996 during her tenure as Director of the Grandparent Resource Center.
- GRAND The magazine for grandparents.
- Hue-Man Bookstore Hue-Man was a famous landmark in Harlem for many years. They continue selling books online.
- The It Girl Rules A new book by Beneath His Everlasting Wings contributor Tamika Nurse.
- Iowa City Senior Center Television Online An interview with Rolanda T. Pyle.
- Jide Ojo - Afro Fine Arts Nigerian-American Artist, Jide Ojo presents stunning visual explorations.
- Mama Foundation for the Arts Gospel, jazz and R&B arts presented through theatre, performance and education.
- NASW-NYC Connections featured Rolanda's poem about the power of social work.
- The New Social Worker magazine on Pinterest
- The NYC Department for the Aging also published Rolanda T. Pyle's poem, "The Power of Social Work," on their blog, NYC Seniors.
- Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee: The Official Site Official site of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, the famous husband and wife actors, producers, writers and activist
- Taboo Talk, a Christian talk show featuring Lady Charmaine Day (pastor, publisher, author, radio host and motivational speaker), featured Rolanda T. Pyle on April 3rd, 2012.
- "A Tribute to Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren," Rolanda T. Pyle's article on the website of Caregiver Magazine.
- University of Sankore Press Essential Black Studies books, textbooks and Kwanzaa gifts.
- Vision Carriers Deborah Singletary offers a unique experience on her site devoted to her ministerial offerings, her artwork and exhibitions, and her self-actualizing art, music and astrology workshops.
- The World Is a Girl's Runaway A profile of this site's featured author for young people.
- Working Writers In a recent interview, Rolanda Pyle talks in depth about her books and her writing life.
Links updated 3/2/18
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