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by Sharon Nyree Williams
(In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.)
Continue reading What the Emerald Means to Me: The Power of Unity
by Valentina Warner
Terrifying drought, fires, and suffocating smoke.
I could feel it, a deep knowing in my bones, that our number was up next.
Then the rain came.
Continue reading Poetry: It Rained
by Nakeya Isabell
Many people talk about the struggle
But I wonder if they know the story of pain
How our ancestors journeyed through the terror and the rain
See Harriet Tubman said she freed a thousands slaves
But could have freed a 1,000 more if only they knew they were slaves………
See, If we knew we were trained to be modern-day slaves, would we really choose to live?
What would happen if we acknowledged our reality and made steps towards change?
If we as people could recognize our identity, with a propensity to embrace our strengths, we could change this world
Continue reading POETRY: FREE
by Matt Aspin
We’ve always worn masks to survive. Now they’re just more visible.
They cover so much but they hide so little.
Since we can’t seem to look past our differences …
What if we just extend our masks of cover?
Instead of my mouth, why not cover my eyes? And my hair? And my skin?
Continue reading POETRY: Masks