Saturday, October 02, 2010
By Alonyia Godfrey, Courier Staff Writer
See the atrocities
And the velocity of such toxicity
That spews hate into the place that my race calls home
Hear the faint echo of their elder’s tears drop
They hear hearts stop
They hear minds ROT
With stereotypical abuse
My people using media “he say she say” as an excuse
Smell the sickly sweet
Scent of a mix between death and pig feet
murder and fried chicken
Lynchings and chitlins
So help me, Death was everywhere
Even in the kitchen!
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. (October 2, 1935 - December 8, 1967) was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.
At the age of 16, he graduated in the top 10 percent from Englewood High School in Chicago. At the age of 20, he graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. At Bradley, he distinguished himself as Cadet Commander in the Air Force ROTC and received the commission of Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve Program.
Read more about Robert Henry Lawrence, free from the Real African-American History website.