Free Verse: Know Your Worth

For Black children everywhere

L.A. Justice
Published in
2 min readNov 2, 2021


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Some people think we’re just criminals and thugs.

They hate the texture of our hair and the color of our skin.

But we all know better than to believe in their lies.

Because we know our worth.

Always know your worth.

You are all beautiful young women and handsome young men.

You are descended from Kings and Queens,

Coming from a long line of greatness.

Your ancestors had power, strength, and determination.

They were intelligent, creative, courageous, and proud.

They made this country prosperous,

Built with their blood, sweat, and tears.

They built railroads and bridges,

Schools, colleges, and universities.

They built the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and other important landmark buildings.

You can achieve things as great as your ancestors.

So always know your worth.

Your lives are filled with the promise of possibilities and purpose.



L.A. Justice

Research & Policy Coordinator | Activist | Theologian | Author | Educator | Previously a Biochemist | Previous Top Writer in Racism and BlackLivesMatter