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Philando Castile protesters arrested near Governor's Mansion

Protesters and police faced off for hours at the corner of Oxford Street and Summit Avenue, near the Minnesota Governor's Residence in St. Paul, Minnesota in the early morning of July 27, 2016. Twenty protesters were arrested.

People wrote this in chalk: "Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed." - Lucille Clifton.

the full poem:

won’t you celebrate with me
Lucille Clifton, 1936 - 2010



won’t you celebrate with me

what i have shaped into

a kind of life? i had no model.

born in babylon

both nonwhite and woman

what did i see to be except myself?

i made it up

here on this bridge between

starshine and clay,

my one hand holding tight

my other hand; come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.



These arrests came after a long day of arrests of protesters who have been camped out in front of the mansion since the police shooting of Philando Castile.


Photo by Angela Jimenez for Minnesota Public Radio www.angelajimenezphotography.com

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Protesters and police faced off for hours at the corner of Oxford Street and Summit Avenue, near the Minnesota Governor's Residence in St. Paul, Minnesota in the early morning of July 27, 2016. Twenty protesters were arrested. <br />
<br />
People wrote this in chalk: "Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed." - Lucille Clifton. <br />
<br />
the full poem: <br />
<br />
won’t you celebrate with me<br />
Lucille Clifton, 1936 - 2010<br />
<br />
<br />
<br />
won’t you celebrate with me<br />
<br />
what i have shaped into<br />
<br />
a kind of life? i had no model.<br />
<br />
born in babylon<br />
<br />
both nonwhite and woman<br />
<br />
what did i see to be except myself?<br />
<br />
i made it up<br />
<br />
here on this bridge between<br />
<br />
starshine and clay,<br />
<br />
my one hand holding tight<br />
<br />
my other hand; come celebrate<br />
<br />
with me that everyday<br />
<br />
something has tried to kill me<br />
<br />
and has failed.<br />
<br />
<br />
<br />
These arrests came after a long day of arrests of protesters who have been camped out in front of the mansion since the police shooting of Philando Castile. <br />
<br />
 <br />
Photo by Angela Jimenez for Minnesota Public Radio www.angelajimenezphotography.com