Freedom Ain’t Free

By Uhuru B. Rowe
October 6, 2016

Who said Freedom is free?

Freedom ain’t never been free for us.

Freedom requires constant struggle.

Constant sacrifice.

And constant death for those trying to gain it, those trying to keep it, and those trying to take it away.

Our People, Black People, have a glorious and magnificent history of struggling, demanding, sacrificing, and dying for Freedom.

Harriet Tubman took us Underground to Freedom.

Rosa Parks sat down for Freedom.

Ida B. Wells wrote about Freedom.

Assata Shakur escaped to Freedom.

Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey and other enslaved rebels fought and died for Freedom.

Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamed about Freedom.

El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (AKA Malcolm X) was trying to create a unified and Free Black nation.

Kwame Toure (AKA Stokely Carmichael) pumped his Black Power fist in the air and demanded Freedom.

The Deacons for Defense, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and the Black Liberation Army picked up the gun to defend Black life. And Black Freedom.

John Brown felt fundamentally unfree while the shackles of white supremacy and chattel slavery kept Black freedom in bondage.

White racists bombed a Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 because they believed we were too prosperous. And too Free.

Ferguson and Baltimore went up in flames as a result of racist police trying to kill our Freedom.

Lovelle Mixon, Chris Dorner, Micah Johnson, and Gavin Long felt they had no other alternative but to let Freedom ring!

Incarcerated freedom fighters across the country are risking their lives and their Freedom to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex.

So, after you’re done reading this poem, ponder for a moment, the following questions:

What price have you paid, what sacrifices have you made, and what struggles have you engaged in for your freedom, our freedom, and for the freedom of opposed people all over the world?

Or are you just a freeloader who enjoys living off of the Freedoms won by past freedom fighters?

Uhuru B. Rowe #1131545
Sussex 2 State Prison
24427 Musselwhite Drive
Waverly, VA 23891-2222


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