When the Panthers Died

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[Rhymes/Poetry]
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When the Panthers Died

scene: (United K.A.G.E. Brothers approached the csp-lac visiting room in Revolutionary Formation to perform a staged performance for Lost and Found part 2 with No-Joke Theatre).

(ACTING AS CADRE LEADER J. SOUNDS OFF) WHAT DO WE WANT?

(UNITED K.A.G.E. BROTHERS respond while marching to podium) FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY,…

J: WHAT DO WE NEED?

All: FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY,…

(while in military formation in front of the podium, the brothers sound off row call in honor of the fallen comrades)F: W.L.NOLEN, OSCAR GRANT…

J: SANDRA BLAND, MIKE BROWN…

A: ANDY LOPEZ, CHRISTIAN GOMEZ…

T: I CAN’T BREATHE…

K: GEORGE JACKSON,

When the panthers died I cried,
I tried to hold Back my tears,
While in my mothers womb I was consumed with fear,
I seen my people being killed by the police,
Through the Eyes of my Mother and father trembling feet,
Running fast from A billy club ass Whuppin,
Mugshot faces lookin crooked,
“WHEN THE PANTHERS DIED”,
I knew it wouldn’t be the same,
When the panthers died Everything Changed,
Gangs And Automatic Rifles came aimed at
The destruction in our Folks,
NOT to mention crack cocaine smoke,
BLK PEOPLE, Always had hope until then,
BLK PEOPLE, STOOD ORGANIZED AT ONE TIME,
UNIFIED By military STRIDES Made in the community,
I never knew the ideology of BOBBY SEAL and Huey P would elude me,
“WHEN THE PANTHERS DIED”,
Remember Afro-natural picks and a BLK fist raised high,
POWER TO THE PEOPLE was the slogan spoken LOUD,
JAMES BROWN had large Crowds Singing I’m BLK and I’m Proud,
It was a beautiful sight to behold,
But the TOTALITARIAN PARTY COINTELPRO,
Executed a plan of attack for control,
Manipulating BLK souls to turn cold on their OWN shade
Traitors and infiltrators; what a shame,
Pathetic lame cowardice was engraved
In their hearts,
Shouldn’t be able to breathe in presence of KINGS THAT ARE DARK,
“WHEN THE PANTHERS DIED”,
When ASSATA SHAKUR fled to CUBA the “WHITE MAN CRIED”,
They tried to make her A political prisoner,
They Wanted her to FRY but she suffered NEITHER,
NOW THAT WAS A SPECIAL VICTORY,
VICTORY Is LOVE, JOY, and PAIN,
WHEN THE PANTHERS DIED EVERYTHING CHANGED,
Many BLK brains became maimed by,
BLAXPLOITATION Movies and Drive-Bye’s,
“WE” dropped the ball and created a LIE,
Our Own Power “WE” denied,
“WHEN THE PANTHERS DIED”,
K.A.G.E. BROTHERS and SISTERS Grew Wings,
Then came the NEW RISE, HUGO,
“WHEN THE PANTHERS DIED”,
(All performers End Scene with a Revolutionary Clenched Fist Salute. While Exiting the stage chanting)
J: WHAT DO “WE” WANT?
K.A.G.E. BROTHERS: FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY,…
END OF SCENE.

IN HONOR OF “BIG MAN HOWARD” and ALL OTHER BROTHERS and SISTERS WHO Dedicated their LIVES to OUR STRUGGLE and Died In GOOD STANDINGS…

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