On my bedroom wall is a big poster
of Angela Davis who is in prison
right now for nothing at all
except she wouldn't put up with stuff.
My mum says she is only 26
which seems really old to me
but my mum says it is young
just imagine, she says, being on
America's Ten Most Wanted People's List at 26!
Angela Davis is the only female person
I've seen (except for a nurse on TV)
who looks like me. She has big hair like mine
that grows out instead of down.
My mum says it's called an Afro.
If I could be as brave as her when I get older
I'll be OK.
Last night I kissed her goodnight again
and wondered if she could feel the kisses
in prison all the way from Scotland.
Her skin is the same too you know.
I can see my skin is that colour
but most of the time I forget
so sometimes when I look in the mirror
I give myself a bit of a shock
and say to myself Do you really look like this?
as if I'm somebody else. I wonder if she does that.
I don't believe she killed anybody.
It is all a load of phoney lies.
My dad says it's a set up.
I asked him if she'll get the electric chair
like them Roseberries° he was telling me about.
No he says the world is on her side.
Well how come she's in there then I thinks
I worry she's going to get the chair.
I worry she's worrying about the chair.
My dad says she'll be putting on a brave face.
He brought me a badge home which I wore
to school. It says FREE ANGELA DAVIS
And all my pals says 'Who's she?'
°Roseberries: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were
convicted in the US of spying for the Soviet Union