Yes, Dr. Christian
By Deborah P. Cains
Yes, Dr. Christian, you are New Orleans, rich in culture, diverse, splendid,
rejected, and accepted.
Yes, Dr. Christian, you are New Orleans, an island yet no man is suppose to
be an island, yet you survived.
Yes, Dr. Christian, you are New Orleans, a rich history you presented like
a bowl of gumbo and a rainbow after a storm.
Yes, Dr. Christian, you are New Orleans, the place that care forgot.
Were you saddened because the B---- Bourgeoisie frowned upon you because
them you couldn't pass?
Yes, Dr. Christian, I too know about people in power--who think they are in
power, yet too hypocritical to admit even to themselves that they are
powerless and merely pawns.
Yes, Dr. Christian, you were locked out of love--as well as the academy
you desired and worked for. You didn't want
something for nothing.
Yes, Dr. Christian, you marched on, your triumphs were accomplished
even during the great "Seventh Ward" reign in the captivating city
Yes, Dr. Christian, then James Brown told us all to say it loud, I'm black
proud. You know the lesson from the short story, Blacker the
Berry tells a sad story but a true one especially for those who were so
Yes, Dr. Christian, march on we must march on-the triumph is yours you
know. For throughout the hurricane of division of the so called classes of
exclusion you were at peace when rejected and accepted-all at the same
Yes, Dr. Christian, you and I both know many have knocked the place
that accepted you and educated me in spite of the bleak racial situations
endured, but the deep truth will set us both free.
Yes, Dr. Christian, you know it and I have learned it too; we were both
pioneers in our own individual ways at that place, and they made it worth
our while. It seems to me that both sides made us pay the cost for having
the audacity to march on in spite of the prejudice, pre-judgments of our
secured self worth and our identities.
Yes, Dr. Christian You are New Orleans! The truth will set your rich
legacy free--you are New Orleans!