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Poetry Corner: Redemption Song

“Self-reliance Is the Fine Road to Independence.”

Mary Ann Shadd CaryOn March 24th 1853 Anti-slavery newspaper “The Provincial Freeman” is  first published in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  It is  edited by Samuel Ringgold Ward and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, first black woman publisher in North America.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born in Delaware, USA, in 1823. She grew up in a free African American large family and later moved to Canada with her brother. As well as The Provincial Freeman’ she set up a school. During the American Civil War she actively campaigned for African Amercians to fight for the Union side. In 1883 she graduated with a law degree.

“Redemption Song”

Old pirates, yes, they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly
****
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book

*****

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

****

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book

****

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever had
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom

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