Black History – Who Influenced My Growth and Change?

By: Deshawn Crenshaw #270497


Kidnapped from Africa at 6 years of age, brought west, and placed on the auction block, the family that purchased her was The Wheatleys. Despite the hate, Phillis went on to thrive, became educated and began writing poetry.

With only the above information on my Dear Sister, Known as Phillis, I began writing poetry. I found power in knowing that, although captive, my mind remains free! I often think of Sister Phillis, and I am currently working on a beautiful poem for her.

Phillis began to fall in love with a faith that she understood was different from where she had been taken from. Embracing the path that God allowed her to travel, inspires me to continue to press forward no matter what life may bring. Reader, I leave you with a poem from Phillis expressing her faith.


‘Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land,

Taught my benighted soul to understand

That there’s a God, and there’s a savior too,

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew

Some view our sable race with scornful eye

“Their colour is a diabolic die.”

Remember Christians Negros as black as Cain,

May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

Contact Info: Find me on here in the state of Michigan under: Deshawn Crenshaw #270497. I’m located at the Muskegon Correctional Facility.

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