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{SPEAKER name="John Lewis"}
...Anybody in here can almost run it.
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Don't let em tell you they all them secrets there and how they stole the land.
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Thats why they don't want you down there.
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How they stole all this land from you!
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See cause the Negroes use to own a whole lot of land around here.
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Don't let anybody fool you.
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They ex my grandfather out of his land up there in Marshall County.
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That's right, due some document in court said he made an ex for gambling debt
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so he lost five hundred acres of land. The man never gambled in his life.
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But it was choice land, and he didn't have any recourse
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All those things go on, then along came World War Two
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and the African nations began to rise up.
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See, history is catching up with the white man.
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From the very shores that he reaped, and raped us,
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and take, and captured us.
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The West Africans of Ivoire, they have their freedom now.
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Rising up in 47' up in Ghana and Guinea,
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and we have to understand this.
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White man doesn't want us to think about Africa.
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He wants to think that we are just pure blooded Americans
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when he knows that's a living lie.
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It's true we are Americans, but he talks about America
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for white America. Otherwise why can't we vote
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come Tuesday.
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See, the bible says you shall know them by their deeds
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and not by their words.
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But the devils got a slippery tongue.
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That's right.
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So the African nations began to get their freedom
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and that had an effect on all of us.
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Sometimes we don't know it,
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but sitting in the United Nations they had black men and black women
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with all sorts of robes as heads of state.
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See, the white man couldn't say anymore
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that the Negro was dirty, was uneducated,
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cause they had Negroes running governments,
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we can run these governments.
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Along came the nineteen fifty four supreme court decision
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and the tremendous effect that that had all across this land.
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Then, lo and behold, came February the first, nineteen sixty.

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