Write for Right

Posted on October 13, 2020

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In Fall,

The milkweed

bursts open–

because she must—

mother

the butterflies.

In recognition of the National Day on Writing, which “celebrates writing—and the many places, reasons, and ways we write each day—as an essential component of literacy…”

…I celebrate those who write to advocate for human and civil rights, whether they are the secretary of the local NAACP, a lawyer who fights to protect rights of the people in the courts, a whistle-blower who fights corruption, or a student advocating for a gender-inclusive fight song. I celebrate the songwriters, historians, storytellers, and playwrights who keep the memories of their fights alive, so that future generations can learn from our elders and ancestors.

“Since 2009, #WhyIWrite has encouraged thousands of people to lift their voices and share why and when and how they write. NCTE invites you to join our 2020 National Day on Writing on October 20 and tell us about what compels you to pick up a pen, sharpen a few pencils, dust off the chalk, find a marker that works, or tap your keyboard. Won’t you join the conversation? Tell us why YOU write. Use the hashtag #WhyIWrite on your favorite social media platforms on October 20.”

Words

burst forth like milkweed seeds,

ride the wind,

find a home,

take root, and offer shelter

where the Butterfly people can raise up the next generation.

Who are your favorite writer-advocates?

How do you write for rights?


lisa eddy is a writer-for-hire, researcher, educator-for-hire, youth advocate,  musician, and gardener.

On Twitter: @lisa_eddy
On email: lisagay.eddy1@gmail.com