(tribute to sammy davis jr.)
you were there, before we came.
you took the hurt, you took the shame.
they built the walls to block your way.
you beat them down.
you won the day.
it wasn’t right, it wasn’t fair.
you taught them all.
you made them care.
yes, you were there, and thanks to you
there’s now a door we all walk through.
and we are here, for all to see —
to be the best that we can be.
yes, i am here….
because you were there.