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 an independent journalist, Black radical activist, poet and community organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. vice-presidential candidate. Follow him on Twitter @LamontLilly Read other articles by Lamont.