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Together We Stand by Damini Awoyiga


We are the descendants of

Jamaican Maroons, Black Loyalists,

Black refugees, African Immigrants from the diaspora

Overflowing descendants of Oduduwa like my people

With fast and fluent Yoruba

So we never forget the voice of our ancestors On the shoulders of our ancestors, we stand Binding together as communities of African descent This is where we’ve lived, learned and listened Every tongue counted

Every story sacred

We’ve gone through pain

Yet we speak our own healing

Through the grace of our survival

In this land, African Nova Scotians have fought and continue to fight

Against inequities

We push on joyfully

We sing our songs of victory

In spite of racism

In spite of discrimination

In spite of anti-black racism

But y'all should know we don't give up easily They tried to take us out of history, but we thrived In spite of rejection

We strive for perfection

Cause we believe in resilience

We believe in survival

The ability to rise from the dust

Emerge like the dawn of a new day Together we stand and we are not afraid The ancestors in Africville fought for their land With broken hearts and dirted hands From their labor, sweat and blood, we rose From their agony and resilience, we learned In their dreams and hopes, we praised In the African churches, we prayed From the fight of our ancestors, we learned In their resilience, we stood

In their yearning for justice, we cried

They tried to silence us

They tried to suppress us

They tried to stop us from achieving

But y'all should know we don't give up easily We push on joyfully

Undo our chains with the power of our truth-telling With the power of activism

We sing our songs of

Victory in spite of racism

In spite of discrimination

In spite of anti-black racism

but y'all should know we don't give up easily They tried to take us out of History

But we thrived

In spite of rejection

We strive for perfection

Cause we believe in Resurrection The ability to rise from the Dust Emerge like the dawn of a new day From Halifax, to the valley

To North Preston,

To East Preston

To Hammonds Plains

To Weymothfalls, to Acaciaville, To Truro

And all the way... to Sydney Together We stand

We are iron nails,

Nailed in the roots of this con-tree

This land is just as much ours, as it is yours And together we stand.


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