Angie Mack Reilly sits on the Paramount Walk of Fame

We Both Built This Nation

by Angie Mack Reilly 5.27.20

What is the antonym for dishonor?

Honor.

Murder a life?

Value a life.

Your cultural contributions matter.

By that, I am saying that YOU matter.

You built this nation as did I.

Ignoring, dismissing and burying

your pioneering work

is evil.

Ignoring, dismissing and burying

anyone’s pioneering work

is piracy and theft.

We both built this nation.

That is our common bond.

It is time for the authors to receive

their due respect.

Rock and roll began with the blues.

You are just as much American

as am I.

I see the injustice of your history

being denied.

Please forgive me.

But they never taught me

about your writers and inventors.

Huge chunks of history were ignored.

Perhaps we need to back up.

Begin educating our children

about the diverse contributions

and experiences and songs.

As an educator, I am committed

to telling your story.

As a believer, I am committed

to honoring your life.

As your sister, I am committed

to stand with you against injustice.

I will continue to be an advocate

because it is the right thing to do.

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