Key lines from “Surface Pressure":

Give it to your sister, your sister’s older

Give her all the heavy things we can’t shoulder

Give it to your sister, your sister’s stronger

See if she can hang on a little longer

Give it to your sister, it doesn’t hurt and

See if she can handle every family burden

Watch as she buckles and bends but never breaks

Give it to your sister and never wonder

If the same pressure would’ve pulled you under

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Kimberly Hirsh, PhD @KimberlyHirsh
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We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah ‘TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.