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17 U. Md. L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 9 (2017)
We Who Believe Cannot Rest

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WE WHO BELIEVE ... CANNOT REST


                       Martha M. Ertman*

       We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

         - Bernice Johnson Regon, Sweet Honey in the Rock

       The day after the United States inaugurated its 45th president, I
found myself with generations of women - and men - marching in
crowds so thick that they overflowed the official route onto satellite
streets. Like thousands of others, I made my sign the evening before,
pulling many of the same images off the web. We gathered around the
kitchen and dining room tables and spread out onto the floor. Friends
and family came from far and wide - in our case from Pennsylvania,
Colorado, and Holland as well as down the street and across-town.
The youngest were barely walking but up for scribbling their signs,
and the oldest was a grandmother whose Statute of Liberty poster read,
I'm with her. It was my 58-year-old sister's first march.

       My sign read, We who believe in freedom cannot rest, and
would have included the rest of the line-...until it comes-from
Ella's Song by Sweet Honey in the Rock' had I had room. Down on
the National Mall in Washington, D.C., we had plenty of time to check
out the many signs that mirrored our own hand-lettered calls for
resistance, solidarity, and our common humanity. Many featured the
woman symbol with a fist and images by Shepard Fairey, the artist
responsible for the iconic red, white, and blue poster of Barack Obama
that is captioned hope.,2 My wife spotted a man with his own sign
that mirrored mine exactly - a complete stranger whose outrage also
called him to the civil rights song by the Grammy-winning acapella
ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, coupled with the fist-filled
woman symbol.







* Carole & Hanan Sibel Research Professor, University of Maryland Francis King
Carey Law School.
' SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, ELLA'S SONG (1988).
2 James Dempsey, Creator of Obama's Hope' Poster Designs Three New Anti-
Trump Images, NEwsTALK (Jan. 19, 2017, 1:32 PM),
http://www.newstalk.com/Creator-of-Obamas-Hope-poster-creates-three-new-
antiTrump-images.

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