This team’s name comes from song lyrics: “Something Inside So Strong,” by British singer-songwriter Labi Siffre, who was inspired by the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The song is part of the FACTS repertoire, and it goes to the heart of this wonderful school, where students learn to value folk arts and the experiences of their families—immigrant and locally-born—and learn to work for justice in the world. It has been a great honor and privilege for me to be part of the group of amazing people who founded FACTS in 2005 and to support those who keep it going as a model of community-responsible education for justice. FACTS means a lot to me, so I hope you will join the team and walk or run the 5K. Or sign up to be a “virtual runner” and get a t-shirt for supporting us and helping invest in the future of young people.
From, “Something inside so strong”
The higher you build your barriers / the taller I become
The further you take my rights away / the faster I will run
You can deny me, you can decide / to turn your face away. . .
No matter 'cause there's
Something inside so strong / I know that I can make it
Tho' you're doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no,
There's something inside so strong
Oh, something inside so strong. . .//