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Ella's Song - Bernice Johnson Reagon

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

1. Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons.

2. That which touches me most is that I had a chance to work with people
Passing on to others that which was passed on to me.

3. To me young people come first, they have the courage where we failed
And if I can shed some light as they carry us through the gale.


4. The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
Is when the reins are in the hand of the young who dare to run against the storm.

5. Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me
I need to be one in the number as we stand against tyranny.

6. Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot I come to realize
That teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way our struggle survives.

7. I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard
At time I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word