Sup folks, its Eevee the Poet. Today, I am reading a collection of poetry entitled, “How I discovered Poetry” by Marilyn Nelson.
So, while reading this poetry collection, I figured I might receive some type of inspiration or something. but in all, the poems made me laugh, I’ve been having a bad thoughts kind-of day. Then, I decided to research the poet, Marilyn Nelson.
Her father was a solider in WWII. Specifically, he was apart of the Tuskegee Airmen. Then, I was like, Whoa. I remember seeing this word, Tuskegee. It is a private HBCU historical black university. Not many people know about this college, not even me until I did a history project my junior year in college.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps of World War II; the U.S. Air Force did not yet exist as a separate entity. The Army had resisted using black men as pilots but, in response to a pending lawsuit, conceded to creating a segregated unit for them.
Just a fact of history for everyone to read.
The word Tuskegee originates from: Spanish “Tasquiqui“, which came from the Muskogee word “Taskeke“, a name of a Creek settlement and meaning “warriors.”
So, we are Warriors. I like that. No discrimination, everyone is a warrior in one’s own way.
The Tuskegee Girls by Eevee
fighters by trade
hunting for injustice
we are the voices of
helplessness, hope from
religion, yet, we slit each others
tongue. We are helpers,
not made to destory
we can rise up from the fall
of any Man-made object
foolish pride cannot get in
the way, not anylonger
we shall rise up
like Tuskegee girls,
teaching our youth
love versus hate