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Pedro Casaldaliga

Mural with Pedro Casaldaliga (far left)

 

Let us summon the petals

of all the accents sometimes fratricide

to a single rose called

Amerindian America, Afroamerica,

Creole America….

 

Mass of the Quilombos

We are coming from the depths of the earth,

We are coming from the bosom of night,

Of the flesh under the lash we are made

We have come to remember.

 

We are coming from death out at sea,

We are coming from the packed holds of ships;

We are heirs of melancholy

We have come to weep….

 

We are coming from the old slave quarters,

We are coming from the new favelas;

We are the outcasts of the world

We have come to dance.

 

We are coming from the land of the

Quilombos,

We are coming to the beating of drums;

We are the new Palmares

We have come to struggle.

 

Pedro Casaldaliga, In Pursuit of the Kingdom, 67-68

 

http://www.sedos.org/english/20_10_97.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D--JdWNUGUg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pswso2bZAo

 

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