She was a tough in your
face, tell it like it is presence,
who spoke truth to power.
Her big spirit was only matched
by her passion for civil
and humans rights.
On August 22, 1964 she sat
before the DNC and described
a vicious beating in a Mississippi
jail that left her with severe kidney
problems, a blood clot in one eye
and a permanent limp.
She declared in her own outspoken
way: “I am sick and tired of being sick
and tired!” It was a phrase heard
around the world and was a pivotal
moment in the Civil Rights Movement.