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Inspired by Margaret Walker’s poem  “For My People” and in partnership with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Project Curator Natasha Trethewey, people across the country provide a new stanza to the seminal poem, “For My People”.

For my people who don't fit in, always looking for a place where we belong. For the queers and the weirdos, the femmes and the failures, the deviants and the lovers, the artists and the activators: dreaming organizing playing searching cuddling waiting teasing loving and choosing...
For my people , look into the mirror of our ancestral past. What do they see that we don't see in the glass? Each hue, each tone and beautiful complexion that's all our own. Rejected and not accepted yet this too, is the land we call...
For my people I seek the true good. I strive to give joyfully, with kindness and humility, toward the goal of peace and freedom, by helping others find safety and comfort in God.
For my people I grew up in northern Indiana on a small farm -- 16 acres--raising chickens, milk cows, and hogs. My father had an old John Deer tractor (John Deer Green), a manure spreader, a single blade plow, and other kinds of equipment that could...
For my people who are lost and found. Who understand that they are misunderstood. For my people who love and hate. Who laugh and cry, who will live and one day die.
For my people the pandemic moms who's children only know family with masks and video calls; the parents who have never had a childless night or been able to use a daycare. the parents who can't go to the gym for alone time, or renew their...
For my people Who are driven like a herd Towards objects they don't need And causes they struggle to digest And yet . . . Who answer the call to duty before it even calls Who reach out to help others they might not even like And despite...
For my people I wish for more acceptance of those who are different. Our differences are our strengths. If everyone thinks the same, looks the same and acts the same, our gene pool will weaken, and we will decay. We need each other.
For my people ...women who continue and continue to ask, if this is my body, isn't it my choice?
For my people , possessors of generational fearlessness. Ask the Atlantic depths of its murky dark waters to testify. Of the untold atrocities at the hands of men and it will not lie. The infinite number of souls cast beneath her waves, in memory we cry.
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For my people I see a day when all are one, connected through love. As for now, we're the same yet so different. A lost sense of divine knowledge. Lest our eyes will open, our hearts will connect, our spirt will intertwine. We will again find...
For my people ... that includes everyone I know and don't know. Created in the image of God, you are blessed and I'm thankful for you. God has promised us grace and mercy in our time of need. Thank you Lord for your care and protection...
For my people I wish them health and happiness before anything else. I hope they have or will find love and understanding and that they will share their gifts with those less fortunate. Each day they should share this phrase: I am happy! I am prosperous...
For my people on the front lines of hospitals, grocery stores, and classrooms; sick and tired of being sick and tired yet rising up to the challenges day upon day: their compassion and empathy given to even those grown men and women unwilling or unable to...