From my mother To my mother's father From his mother and father and their parents, my Great-Greats Lydia and Derry During a time when couples stayed married To Big Mamma 4ft 2, 104lbs, still the strongest woman I've known Bore 12 to help work the fields From slavery to pickin' cotton Boys plowin' da fields, butcherin' hogs Girls out back wringin' chicken necks for suppa And milkin' da cows in the pasture As I stare at their photos on my wall Of those that i see, came the production of me! 5th Generation Girl Breaking down barriers, standing tall- Living AFFIRMATIVELY! Eighty-six, my grandfather got that name the day a white man spit on him "Get on your side of the road, ya damn Nigger!" From him came Effie who at 19, bore Tammy Oh, where would I be without my ancestors who paved the way for me! Through sweat, pain, tears, tornado's, southern storms Twelve mouths to feed for at least eighteen years From segregated schools, protest and hard times I'll tell you where I wouldn't be.... Because of the doors you've opened nearly dying and sometimes dying for me! Without your struggles I, as a black girl would not have this opportunity to spread my wings and thrive Oh glory...God bless your souls! I thank you and love you dearly! Because of you 5th generation girl can now and forever fly freely!