Sixteen "Sign 'O' The Times"


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Debra Powell-Wright, a Delaware County resident, serves as office manager in Temple University's Military and Veteran Services Cente  [+]

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(In Remembrance of Our Warrior Dawta
Dinsio Nia Adassa Walo-Wright)
 
We have all the words
That tell us that we matter
Say them loud and proud!
 
2
 
(a just B cause shout-out to Lori Tharps)
 
me you us we B
bodacious beautiful proud
capitalized now
 
3
 
(for WE, The People)
#SayHerName
 
JUNETEENTH is Our Day!!!
We must speak and take action!!!
Celebrate FREEDOM!!!
 
4
 
(in memory of Oluwatoyin Salau)
 
Middle of the night
What keeps me awake this time?
Now, tears for Toyin
 
5
 
For my Father and
Grandfather and Ancestors:
History Matters
 
6
 
(for Strength/Courage/Wisdom)
 
When you get weary
Remember your ancestors
They will light your path
 
7
 
(Self-care)
 
Concentrate on joy
When the struggle becomes real
You will smile again
 
8
 
(For Some People)
 
Micro-aggression
Is an anti-Black lives tool
Don't do that today
 
9
 
(Inspired by Bob Marley and The Wailers)
 
Weepin' and wailin'
Brutality on our necks
Tired people rage!
 
10
 
Give thanks for Sistahs
Ancient, wise, centuries old
Blessed by your presence
 
11
 
Don't be fooled by smiles
Malaise might look like mourning
Check in with your fam
 
12
 
(May is Mental Health Awareness Month)
 
If eyes tell da truuf
Deh wud admit ta sadness
Maybe deh wud heel
 
13
 
(Justice for Ahmaud Arbery)
 
Eyes unmasked trauma
When will the joyfulness come?
Not in the mourning
 
14
 
(To & From a Few Sistahs
inspired by a Beres Hammond lyric
 
Got virtual hugs
Rules of Engagement have changed
Love From a Distance
 
15
 
(In First Person)
 
Another mourning
Daybreak has come to visit
Write to life is real
 
16
 
(In Remembrance of Prince...for Me)
 
When daybreak saddens
Know that morning does not last
Into the evening
 
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Debra Powell-Wright
free since June 19, 1865
#OneLuv

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R. Rize · ago
Deb, you weave words so beautifully and powerfully! Thank you for showing our humanity, and showing us the beauty, complexity and the greatness of who we are!! Phenomenal Word Woman, thank you for giving voice to our stories!! Incredible work! Thank you for sharing!!
❤️U!!

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Demetrius Ford · ago
Good Luck!
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Gail Hawkins-Bush · ago
I am truly Blessed to know this most talented and Wonderful person ,who lives life to the fullest!
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CHARLES YOUNGER · ago
Great words from a Greater Spirit...
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Fulani Woman · ago
Appreciate all of you for your votes, comments, and readings.
Epilogue;
Black-to-the-Future Selfie Haiku
(Shout-out to Me)
Debra Powell-Wright
will be free since June 19
1865
💜
And for each poet & storyteller:
#WriteOnRightOn

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Theresa Williams · ago
Love these, Debbies! 1❤️
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Nolwazi Monique Powell · ago
These are stunning!
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Rae Faison · ago
Inspiring words involking reflection. I'm thankful for your creativity and you.
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Keisha Gwyn-Timbers · ago
Each verse is power-packed with profundity. Thank you sister Debbie for being so impactful with your words!
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Allen Clark · ago
Inspirational work 🎈🎈🎈