1954 / 2022 

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“Separate and unequal”

Has an evil sequel:

The devilish creation

Of racial segregation

Is abject subjugation

And clear discrimination.

So found ‘Brown

Versus Board of Education.’

True reconciliation

And total integration

Are needed in our nation.

Thenceforth may we escape 

The fatal final fate

Of God’s annihilation.

Dr. John Telford is a lifelong educator. He is the DPSCD poet-in-residence at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men and professor of poetry for the Michigan Chapter of the Di Medici Society. He is also a columnist, who writes ‘The Poet’s Corner’ for The Downtown Detroit Monitor. He was awarded Prize Poet by the Sharon Creative Arts Association in 1966.