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The power of her soul
elevated in prayer
reaching, teaching

She's imitated everywhere
She's imitated everywhere

Tell of her potential
Sing of her success
against all odds

Not dieing
Not crying
Not buying the b.....

I'm outside Mississippi
I'm outside California
I'm outside New York
I'm outside London
I'm outside Nigeria
I'm outside Rwanda
I'm outside your conscience

And this
is for black girls
who consider murder
because suicide is not
an option


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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is happy to welcome Phyllis Stickney May29th, 2015 for "Laughter & Lyrics". Here is an excerpt from the February performance at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.


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Calling all sisters
Calling all
Righteous sisters.
Calling all women. To steal away
To our secret place.
Have a meeting
Face to face.
Look at the facts
And determine our pace.
Calling all Women.
We want to reach – first
and second
Third world women
Come together!
Women in and outside the
power structure –
Working women,
Welfare women,
Women who feel alienated and isolated
Women who are all
Women who have given up
– women – women
Questioning women
– women
Unpolarized and unorganized.
Tired of being penalized
Come help us start to
bridge the gaps
Racial, cultural,
or generation
We want action
and veneration.
These men,
these men they
Just ain’t doing it.
They’ve had hundreds of years
Now they ’bout to ruin it.
Kitchen, office,
ex-prison women
Singing, dancing,
diapering women
Old and young and middle-aged women
Make this scene
Oh yes,
and bring your lunch!
Problems, problems common problems
That we make and
cause each other
Sister, daughter,
old grandmother
Female child you can
bring your little brother
Take the subway,
grab a cab
Ride a bike or hike
Pick ’em up
and lay ’em down.
Democracy or Socialism,
Feminism, Communism
Here-and-now or futurism
We just can’t afford
a schism
We got to get together
or die.
Now is the time for
an evolution
Let's all search and find
For how we’ll make
the next revolution
Or die.
Oh yes.
And don’t forget
your lunch!

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2 minutes, 17 seconds

"Laughter and Lyrics" Friday, May 29th, 2015 featuring Phyllis Stickney. Here Ms. Stickney performs a spoken word of "Calling All Women" by Ruby Dee at February's "Laughter & Lyrics" event.

Last updated: May 27, 2015

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