Tribute To Greatness

from Bold, Black & Beautiful by Steve Fitzhugh

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A poetic tribute to the accomplishments of Black America!


Tribute To Greatness
By Steve Fitzhugh

It’s good to give praise to our God for the things that he has done
He guaranteed our victory by giving us his son
So glad his promise and his will did not perish in the grave
But three days later like he said his son came forth to save
Centuries have passed and I stand in awe of the mighty one revealed
For in me, a sinner, born again the holy works his will
Amazing how he demonstrates his love for all mankind
Red or yellow, black or white his pardon all may find

But today we note the ways in which he’s used the darker race
To manifest his brilliance ingenuity love and grace
Though forbidden to even read or write a few decades ago
We wrote the first Almanac telling farmers when to sow
Once auctioned off a s property upon the trading block
We still became the inventors of the first American clock
We saw into the future yes, we exercised our minds
We invented the first stoplight a major improvement upon stop signs
We worked hard we worked smart never stopped till we were through
We even out-worked the horse until we invented the first horseshoe

Charles Drew a brilliant man but its God that we must thank
God had to say to Drew why you don’t invent the first blood bank
Dr. Daniel Williams a true masterpiece was he
Successful open-hear surgery way back in 1893
Granville Woods, pure genius and as diligent as a mouse
You’ll find his patents at GE, AT&T and Westinghouse
Garrett Morgan ladies your respect I’m sure he’s earned
He developed the solution that perfected your last perm
Augustus Jackson one day had a taste for something sweet
He loved the little children so he made for them a treat
Come this summer when you order your next double-dip supreme
Thanks cousin Gus he was the first to make for us ice cream
Thanks Eli Whitney, Booker T, Thanks Dr. Louis Wright
Thank you Major Robert Lawrence the first Black Astronaut I flight
Thank Charles Richey, Elijah McCoy and our friend G. Washington Carver
There’s only on use of the peanut most thought
I know 100 said Carver think harder
Air conditioning, ironing board the clothes dryer they made
The first Black PH.D? Nineteen, Edward Alexander Bouchet

The list goes on and on, the accomplishments are great
Man says it’s impossible, God says just watch and wait
The words African American contain a hidden clue
The last four letters of each word reveal precisely what we can do
Trust in God obey his will and live with his plan
The last four letters of these two words will shout, “ I can! I can! I can!”


from Bold, Black & Beautiful, track released February 19, 2021
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Steve Fitzhugh Minneapolis, Minnesota

Steve is an international speaker, best-selling author, entrepreur, educator and humorist. He is also a former NFL athlete and contnues with the NFL today as a Certified NFL Transition Coach.

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