Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

I am Sylvia Stark

I am a brave woman
I wonder if people can be free I hear people crying
I see everyone having pain
I want everyone to be happy


I am a brave woman

I pretend no one tells me what to do
I feel that I need to be free
I touch my children and I give them a hug I worry about people that have pain
I cry for people who are in pain


I am a brave woman

I understand the people
I say, “We need to be free.”
I dream of having my own land
I try to make things better
I hope slavery won’t happen again

I am a brave woman