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There is music in the midst of desolation
A glory that shines upon our tears
Solemn the drums are beating
Sounding joy into immortal sphere,
Drums speaking words of wisdom
Telling tales of our ancestors
Of their glories and kingdoms
And our struggle against Babylon devildoms
Jah presence I feel so near
His love I see so clear
That’s why I know he is here
Even as I know he is there,
Drums are our symbol of pride
Chanting messages far and wide
An inspiration to struggle
A rock and comfort in times of trouble. - (Bongo Asher, 1984)
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”
- Mary McLeod Bethune
He sang of life, serenely sweet,
With, now and then, a deeper note.
From some high peak, nigh yet remote,
He voiced the world's absorbing beat.
He sang of love when earth was young,
And Love, itself, was in his lays.
But, ah, the world, it turned to praise
A jingle in a broken tongue.
-Paul Laurence Dunbar