Legacy: Psychiatric Reflections on a Verdict

A conviction represents a cautious step toward increased justice...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Just verdict

a peculiar outcome

for Black mamas

and daddies

hearts flutter

and souls

exhale


Black footed gazelle

exhales from

the ether

a choir of

watchful voices

descend

with cautious gusto


Victory lap

triumphs with

the runner

streets of

Glynn County

rise in

solidarity


The spirit of

Ray Charles

engulfs sidewalks

singing Georgia

on My Mind


Spirt of Ahmaud


Rise


Dream


Run


Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.