Hail to Corey Menafee!

Hail to Corey Menafee!

By Michael Heslop

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Hail to Corey Menafee,

The rebel worker at Yale who shattered a symbol of chattel slavery at Calhoun College,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The dishwasher at Yale who broke the stained glass of smiling slaves carrying baskets of cotton on their heads for the enrichment of white slaveowners,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

For enlightening Yale about its own motto of enlightenment by shattering the darkness of slavery symbolized by the art of smiling slaves in its stained glass,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The African American dishwasher who had the dignity to smash the stained glass symbol of slavery at Yale,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The dishwasher at Yale who brought pride to Africans by smashing the stained symbol of African blood and sweat on cotton plantations,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The rebel who destroyed the symbol of hate and oppression of people too black to be blue,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

The Yale dishwasher who smashed the sight of demeaned black lives guarded in stained glass windows,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

For civilizing Yale that Africans are “more than sands on seashore and more than numbers”,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

Have no fears for your action of respect for black lives symbolized in your act of smashing smiling slaves etched in stained glass windows at Yale,

Hail to Corey Menafee,

Have no regrets for your act of freedom for “we people who are darker than blue.”

Photo:  Democracy Now

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