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'What if there were no black people?' - poem by Sean Mauricette, a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL

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Published on Dec 4, 2011

During Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL's acceptance speech at the 2011 Aroni Awards, he ended with a poem he wrote while in the UK during their black history month. After being asked to read an article which explored the idea of black people not existing, Subliminal decided at the last minute to end his acceptance speech with that same poem. The crowd was left deeply moved, and with plenty of food for thought. Enjoy.
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What if there were no black people?

If there were no black people what would happen to soul?
We'd have R n' B with no B, now that's blues for y'all.
And if we didn't have the blues nor the swing of jazz,
The world would never know what it missed and could've had.
The sounds of Ella, Teddy Pen on tracks with Mr. Coltrane,
James brown and the opportunity to let freedom reign.
Martin Luther King had a dream we found the word equal,
Minus the word blacks, the world lacks that new sequel.
Add the word facts countless stacks history acts
As though were never here, though we are the word impact.
Imhotep my soul and mind for we were once kings,
Building pyramids after sphinx, and traffic lights for traveling.
I know why the Caged Bird sings, Maya Angelou wrote such things,
Our contributions to the future are beyond breathtaking.
Let the world know if it was never blessed with the darker tones,
Melodies would never be the same and neither would the soul.

Written by: Sean Mauricette, a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL

Contact Info: akaSUBLIMINAL@gmail.com
www.LIFTourYOUTH.com

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