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My Journey to Discover the Legacy of my Grandma, Yuri Kochiyama

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"When I grow up, I want to be just like Yuri Kochiyama..."

The Blue Scholars, a hip hop/rap duo from Seattle, wrote a song about Yuri.  Check it out!

Here are the lyrics to this song:

Oh, yeah!

I got that third war militance, still think it’s relevant, 
Even if them kids got the shirts and stopped wearin 'em.
Humbled in the presence of the veterans 
And not the ones who picked up their guns, 
But who picked up their brethren and sister and
History in the making I was witnessin',
Listenin', seein' this old Japanese lady with a sticker on her walker, said "Free Mumia" and
this was before the Trustafarians were sayin' it.
Taking it for granted when we talk about the 60's and,
Never get to talk to anybody who did live the shit and still exist
Or better yet, should she still resist, speaking to a myriad of young, dumb and ignorant kids
I was one of 'em,
stuck around lingering, 
Said that "It’s a privilege to meet you in person" and, 
She took my hand, said "It’s good to meet you too",
And when I’m out of school asked me what I’m gonna do,
I had it think about it, but truth is I knew 
That it was something for the youth and shit
Truly I’d probably be a teacher if the music didn't make enough 
To make me wanna gamble on it's sustenance, 
And that’s why I’m writing this, to tell ya'll
from a scholar

Chorus:
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
Holla, swear to my kasamas
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
And if she ever hear this its an honor
Cause when I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
Imma, serve the people proper,
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.

I see the picture up in Life magazine 
You were sittin' front seat for Malcolm’s last speech.
Saw the first man with the shotgun (Boom)
Two more came to get the job done.
Now who would've thought that it'd be you holding him?
I wonder what you felt when his eyes were going dim.
And if he never died, would we know that he exists?
Or would he have been the leader that we always seem to miss?
Now there's no taking back whatever happens in our midst
You remind me that it's more than just a martyr and a myth.
You could've said it quits many times ever since and you find 
There will always be a reason for the fist.
The last one to hold him could've been somebody else
You'd still be remembered for the people that you helped. 
They said to keep trying but never lose that hope,
Revolutionaries die, but the revolution don’t. 
And it won’t and I’m put that
on my momma

Chorus:
Cause when I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
Holla, swear to my kasamas
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
And if she ever hear this it's an honor
Cause when I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
Imma, serve the people proper,
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.
When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama.

Based on this original

"Yuri Kochiyama" by the Blue Scholars
uploaded by mkochiyama
"Yuri Kochiyama" by the Blue Scholars http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bluescholars/cinemetropolis-blue-scholars-signs-to-the-people http://bluescholars.com/cinemetropolis/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcm7VbFCXno uploaded by 702CitY More »


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