Oh Bayard Oh Bayard

Oh Bayard Oh Bayard

How tragic for you

For your name to be eschewed-ignored

Except by a few


You were a Renaissance man

And nonviolence was not an option

But one the Quakers demand

You organized protests

Before we heard of King

You were born to rebel

Your courage should ring

Was it because of your preference

That your name was mired

What crime

Such religious zeal inspired

You were the muscle

But you had to take the back

Because one of your own

Threatened a character attack

Over 20 years have passed

Since you have left

May your story inspire us all

To be our true self

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