all natural

i like the kind of hair
that will stand up for its rights
the kind that kicks
screams and protests
the kind that resists
and boycotts with every coil
the kind that fights
riots and rebels
the kind that won’t
be quiet for nobody
the kind that won’t
be anything but black
the kind that refuses
to relax

• Third of four poems in honour of Black History month (February 2020)

Lamont Lilly is a political activist, former columnist, poet and people’s journalist. During the Movement for Black Lives, Lamont traveled the U.S. as full-time field staff and a national organizer. Much of his writing derives directly from the marginalized—from the streets of mass struggle, and the Black experience in the U.S. South. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. Vice-Presidential Candidate. E-mail him at: llilly1@eagles.nccu.edu Read other articles by Lamont.