15th Amendment

by Aisha Burns

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Not by race, not by color Nor the chains I once was under Can you keep my suffrage out of sight Fifteen, fifteen No longer a distant dream, well you Were a door and I stepped inside I won’t be cast aside In that voting line ‘cause You got scared of all the color in my skin I won’t be pushed aside In that voting line cause You got scared of all the power I’d rein in Though short-lived and undermined 600 black men find a seat at the table Holdin’ our chins to the light ‘Till the terror dressed in white ‘Till Jim Crow and all its might 'Till the sweepin’ reach of America in fright I won’t be cast aside In that voting line ‘cause You got scared of all the color in my skin I won’t be pushed aside In that voting line cause You got scared of all the power I’d rein in I am a freeman Black American I am a freeman I got my vote in hand

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All proceeds will be donated to the Black Trans Travel Fund, supporting Black trans women in securing safe alternatives to public transportation (www.blacktranstravelfund.com).

This song was written for a WNYC project on the U.S. constitution, illustrating the passing (and de facto nullification) of the 15th Amendment, which granted Black Americans the right to vote for the first time. As Black Americans continue to fight for equality in the United States, it's my sincere plea that you'll take action however you can. The EP is $1, but you are welcome (and encouraged) to donate more. We are a long way from freedom.

"The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free." —Maya Angelou.

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released June 19, 2020

Written by Aisha Burns. Recorded and mixed by Michael Landon at Estuary Recording in Austin, Texas. 2018.
Photograph by Steph Larsen (www.stephlarsen.com)

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Aisha Burns is a Texas-born violinist, vocalist and songwriter.

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