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Send out your war cry o'er each peak and vale /Cry out the story of your country's wrong,

Let every drum reverberate the tale / And in succession carry it along.

 

 

Books by Marcus Bruce Christian

Song of the Black Valiants: Marching Tempo / High Ground: A Collection of Poems  / Negro soldiers in the Battle of New Orleans

I am New Orleans: A Poem / Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900 /  The Liberty Monument

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Drums of Menelik

By Marcus Bruce Christian

 

BEAT UPON THE DRUMS OF MENELIK

And tell black warriors to go out and win.

 

 

O Beat upon the drums of Menelik

O beat upon the drums of lion's skin

O let the giant drums be ever quick

In calling blackmen out to fight and win.

Take them to the highest mountain peak

Then let them thunder with a lion's roar

And the two million warriors these words speak:

"THE WHITE INVADER KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR!"

 

 

Send out your war cry o'er each peak and vale

Cry out the story of your country's wrong,

Let every drum reverberate the tale

And in succession carry it along.

 

 

Black Drummers, scream defiance to the sky

As did Makonnen in Adowa's day!

 

 

O let the giant drums be ever quick

In calling black men out to fight and win.

 

 

Throb out, "This is our land and here we die

And thus with life defend it -- come what may!"

Black Drummers, scream defiance to the sky

As did Makonnen in Adowa's day!

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Marcus Christian remembers Selassie I in verse.

Christian expresses what Selassie I meant to Black People around the world, especially during the  turbulent 1930s.

The above poem was last published in I AM NEW ORLEANS & OTHER POEMS  by Marcus B. Christian (1999) edited by Rudolph Lewis and Amin Sharif.

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Selassie I in usa 1  /  Selassie I in usa 2

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Selected Letters  Selected Diary Notes

Memories of Marcus B. Christian (CainsChristian's BioBibliographical Record    Introduction to I AM NEW ORLEANS 

A Theory of a Black Aesthetic   Magpies, Goddesses, & Black Male Identity

Activist Works on Next Level of Change   Intro to I Am New Orleans   Letter from Dillard University

A Labor of Genuine Love  Letter of Gift of Photos   Letters from LSU and Skip Gates

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Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900

By Marcus Bruce Christian

 

Study of the blacksmith tradition and New Orleans famous lace balconies and fences.

Acclaimed during his life as the unofficial poet laureate of the New Orleans African-American community, Marcus Christian recorded a distinguished career as historian, journalist, and literary scholar. He was a contributor to Pelican's Gumbo Ya Ya, and also wrote many articles that appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and general-interest publications.

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Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery / George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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updated 28 March 2010

 

 

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Related files: Selassie at Geneva   An Ex-King Speaks  Drums of Menelik  Tafari Makonnen--Haile Selassie