A Poem: “Great Again”


The National Civil Rights Museum

at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis.

A black-and-white photo

shows Jesse Jackson

reading the Chicago Daily Defender:

“King Murdered!”


Those were dark days.


Before Wi-Fi,

before smartphones,

before Twitter.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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