Roya Marsh and Jaime Lewis Say a Prayer For the Black Man

Roya Marsh and Jaime Lewis“She woke up because she heard her son call her name in her sleep. You see, her son is selling poison to his own people; serving affliction to the afflicted.”

When the young man of African descent walks the streets of his depressed community and inhales, he sucks down into his lungs, into his system, along with the air, the taste of copper and death.


Around him, he sees no beacon in human form; no father figure from whom he can learn valuable life lessons about being a responsible adult; a good black man. Lost and searching for guidance, he sets his eyes upon the other young black men in his depressed community who are more experienced than he is when it comes to street life; young men who have been hardened into premature manhood (or so they think) by the streets; by violent acts done to them, and violent acts performed by them. Who will rescue these young men? Who will set them back on the right path?

Poets Roya Marsh and Jaime Lewis reveal the harsh realities of street life, and the power of prayer in the spoken word piece “Mother’s Prayer.” Have a listen.


By: Danielle Dixon

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