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Black Man

Stevie Wonder
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Album: Songs in the Key of Life

Scritta da Stevie Wonder e Gary Byrd

Interpretazione artistica del volto di Crispus Attucks
Interpretazione artistica del volto di Crispus Attucks


Una bellissima canzone di Stevie Wonder contro il razzismo e per l'armonia tra le varie popolazioni (neri, bianchi, nativi americani, asiatici) che vivono negli Stati Uniti. La canzone cita vari personaggi famosi che hanno segnato la storia americana, a cominciare da Crispus Attucks, onsiderato il primo martire della guerra di indipendenza americana di cui negli anni in cui la canzone fu pubblicata ricorreva il bicentenario.
First man to die
For the flag we now hold high [1]
Was a black man
The ground were we stand
With the flag held in our hand
Was first the red man's
Guide of a ship
On the first Columbus trip [2]
Was a brown man
The railroads for trains
Came on tracking that was laid
By the yellow man

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It's time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

Heart surgery
Was first done successfully
By a black man [3]
Friendly man who died
But helped the pilgrims to survive [4]
Was a red man
Farm workers rights
Were lifted to new heights [5]
By a brown man
Incandescent light
Was invented to give sight [6]
By the white man

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It's time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

Hear me out

Now I know the birthday of a nation
Is a time when a country celebrates
But as your hand touches your heart
Remember we all played a part in America
To help that banner wave

First clock to be made
In America was created
By a black man [7]
Scout who used no chart
Helped lead Lewis and Clark
Was a red woman [8]
Use of martial arts
In our country got its start
By a yellow man
And the leader with a pen
Signed his name to free all men
Was a white man [9]

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It's time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

This world was made for all men
This world was made for all men
This world was made for all men
God saved His world for all men
All people
All babies
All children
All colors
All races
This world's for you
And me
This world
My world
Your world
Everybody's world
This world
Their world
Our world
This world was made for all men

Hear me out...

Who was the first man to set foot on the North Pole?
Matthew Henson - a black man
Who was the first american to show the Pilgrims at Plymouth the secrets of survival in the new world?
Squanto - a red man
Who was the soldier of Company G who won high honors for his courage and heroism in World War 1?
Sing Kee - a yellow man
Who was the leader of united farm workers and helped farm workers maintain dignity and respect?
Caesar Chavez - a brown man
Who was the founder of blood plasma and the director of the Red Cross blood bank?
Dr. Charles Drew - a black man
Who was the first American heroine who aided the Lewis and Clark expedition?
Sacajewa - a red woman
Who was the famous educator and semanticist who made outstanding contributions to education in America?
Hayakawa - a yellow man
Who invented the world's first stop light and the gas mask?
Garrett Morgan - a black man
Who was the American surgeon who was one of the founders of neurosurgery?
Harvey Williams Cushing - a white man
Who was the man who helped design the nation's capitol, made the first clock to give time in America and wrote the first almanac?
Benjamin Banneker - a black man
Who was the legendary hero who helped establish the League of Iroquois?
Hiawatha - a red man
Who was the leader of the first microbiotic center in America?
Micho Kushi - a yellow man
Who was the founder of the city of Chicago in 1772?
Jean Baptiste - a black man
Who was one of the organizers of the American Indian Movement?
Denis Banks - a red man
Who was the Jewish financier who raised funds to sponsor Cristopher Columbus' voyage to America?
Lewis D. Santangel - a white man
Who was the woman who led countless slaves to freedom on the underground rairoad?
Harriet Tubman - a black woman
[1] Crispus Attucks

[2] Pedro Alonso Nino

[3] Daniel Hale Williams è stato un cardiochirurgo statunitense che nel 1893 eseguì il primo intervento di successo e documentato al pericardio negli Stati Uniti per riparare una lesione

[4] Squanto conosciuto anche come Tisquanto (1º gennaio 1585 o 1592 – 30 novembre 1622) era un nativo americano, membro della tribù Patuxet, noto per aver aiutato i Padri Pellegrini dopo il loro primo inverno nel Nuovo Mondo.

[5] César Chávez è stato un sindacalista e attivista statunitense, celebre per le sue lotte in favore dei braccianti agricoli di origine ispanica.

[6] Thomas Edison, anche se aveva rubato l'idea a Nikola Tesla

[7] Benjamin Banneker scienziato, agrimensore, autore di almanacchi e contadino afro-americano, intraprese una corrispondenza con Thomas Jefferson sul tema della schiavitù.

[8] Sacajawea fu una donna nativa americana della tribù degli Shoshoni. Accompagnò Meriwether Lewis e William Clark durante l'omonima spedizione atta ad esplorare l'America nord-occidentale. Viaggiò per migliaia di chilometri dal Dakota del Nord fino alla costa pacifica dell'Oregon tra il 1804 ed il 1806

[9] Abraham Lincoln

2020/2/22 - 23:37



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