This summer, all Higher Achievement scholars became writers. Each scholar wrote one creative writing piece for their Achievement Center Magazine. Sarah-Faith, an 8th grade scholar at the Alexandria Achievement Center, penned the following poem on the Black Lives Matter movement, a topic many of our scholars have talked about over the past year. Sarah-Faith loves to write and perform her poetry, and even performed in front of 300 people at the 2016 Love Out Loud.
All Lives Won’t Matter Until Black Lives Do by Sarah-Faith M.
8th Grade Scholar, Alexandria Achievement Center
People getting shot and it just won’t stop
I’m from the DRC, but you don’t know me
Being Congolese isn’t as easy as it seems
It’s hard being me
That’s what you don’t see
I’m not light or dark
I’m in the middle also middle
How’s that for a riddle?
My life’s not a joke
But I feel like I’m in a yoke
People controlling me
Trying to tell me how to be
I’m smarter than I look
I know your lies
You say ‘Black Lives Matter’
Ain’t that a surprise?
People getting killed and still
“Black Lives Matter.”
Your beliefs are about as sturdy as cake batter
I’ve got power
And you better listen up
Cause as soon as I get that degree
I’ma show you cause
Education is the key for justification that isn’t there
I wanna leave a legacy, but you’re not helping me
All you’re doing now is making me angry
I’ve got God by my side
He’s my ride or die.
I have peace, but good people need power.
I also like Reese’s, but that don’t matter.
Now to sum this rap up and make it easy for you
All lives won’t matter until black lives do.
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