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Language Arts: Groundswell

By Nancy Simon

There's a popular contemporary song by the musical artist Andra Day entitled "Rise Up," in which Day sings "You're broken down and tired of living life on a merry-go-round and you can't find the fighter, but I see it in you so we gonna walk it out and move mountains . . . I'll rise up, I'll rise like the day, ooh, ooh, ooh."

Those words help connote the sentiment behind a term that has taken center stage at a time when society has become tired of the status quo, frustrated with elected officials, angry at law enforcement officers, and anxious for change.

If you had to encapsulate in a singular word what the lyrics of "Rise Up" are trying to relay - that there is a fresh idea, a new movement, rapidly gaining momentum that offers promise and hope and the opportunity to move in a new direction away from all things Establishment - you are likely to hit upon the word groundswell.

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Language Arts: Groundswell

By Nancy Simon
No longer rising up, but reaching out.

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