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Someone hold that sister, soothe her fears, kiss her face, wipe her tears.

One by one, each in turn would find the strength to stand and say,

I need you, I love you and Im so glad Im here today.

 
 

 

 Book by Peggy Brooks-Bertram

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1  Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2   Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3 

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4  Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire   Go, Tell Michelle

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African Sisterhood

 By Peggy Brooks-Bertram

African sisters, we shook the universe last night.

Our souls intermingled when we held on tight,

to those whose voices cracked in pain

and those who thought they could abstain,

with ancestors swirling all about,

 urging us to sing and shout.

Demanding that we find the strength to break the chains that cause us African women pain.

Like men, and hair and shades of skin and other demons locked within.

 

And, there were those who thought they could abstain

 with ancestors swirling all about

 directing us to sing and shout.

 

Raise your hands in her direction, give that sister your protection.

Release her from her terrible pain, make this sister whole again.

Demons begone! Demons begone! Demons begone!

 

These African sisters claim their power and demand you leave within the hour!

And still there were those who thought they could abstain

with ancestors swirling all about,

 urging us to sing and shout:

 

This little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine, This little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine, This little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine,

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

Someone hold that sister, soothe her fears, kiss her face, wipe her tears.

One by one, each in turn would find the strength to stand and say,

I need you, I love you and Im so glad Im here today.

 

Till there were none who could abstain

with ancestors swirling all about,

directing us to sing and shout,

 commanding demons to get out!

 

We shook the universe last night.

Our souls inter-mingled as we held on tight, promising each other to stay in touch

With the African sisterhood we need so much.

Yes, we shook the universe last night.

 

Copyright Peggy Brooks-Bertram

April 22, 1990

Melanin Conference, Houston Texas, 1990

 

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Go, Tell Michelle
African American Women Write to the New First Lady

Edited Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram

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Uncrowned Queens Institute series

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1  African American Women Community Builders of Western New York
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Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor
Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2  African American Women Community Builders of Western New York
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Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor
Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3  African American Women Community Builders of Western New York
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Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor
Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4  Afrrican American Women Community Builders of Oklahoma
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Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor
Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire  Origin of the Civilization from the Cushites
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Drusilla Dunjee Houston - Author
Peggy Brooks-Bertram Editor

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