In spite of our trials and tribulations, we gather to celebrate another day of living.

In spite of the hatred hurled toward us, we march on toward our dreams of freedom.

In spite of our dire conditions, we gather to give each other strength and encouragement.

In spite of our feelings of abandonment, we lift our voices to an unseen God, asking for strength.

In spite of promises unkept and broken, we still believe in America’s capacity to change.

In spite of betrayals, we believe in the lyrics of a simple song that says, “We Shall Overcome!”

In spite of the spite, we are a forgiving people who do not forget the evil done to us.

In spite of everything that goes against us, we march on toward a promised land.

In spite of all that has been done to us, we refuse to let them take our defiant laughter.

Kwame Salter

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