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Legalize Equal Rights: A Singalong for Kids

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Legalize Equal Rights: A Singalong for Kids

By John Kendall Hawkins

I wouldn't sleep and I took my mind

Lost all knowledge of time and kind

Been dead ------- 400 years (400 years, 400 years)

Wake up, hey (400 years, 400 years)

- Jimmy Cliff, "I've Been Dead 400 Years" (1977)

Peter Tosh has a new re-lease on life. Praise Jah!

It comes in the form of a children's picture book -- of all things! -- just laid down next to the apples in the marketplace, simply titled African. The title comes from a Tosh song Equal Rights, his much-listened-to album from the heady '70s, rife with rasta music filling our pink Lefty ears with sugar-plum fantasies of universal suffrage and equality, presided over, in joy, by His Majesty Haile Selassie, emissary of Jah on this loamy Earth. Pass da spliff, brudda. Forward and fiaca. Menacle and den gosaca.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)
 

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