Yeah. I heard the names growing up as well. But interestingly enough, never really experienced a lot of OVERT racism. Perhaps folks were afraid of me? LOL. I always had an interest in Black history though. I suppose you always wonder from whence came your people.... So it was a thrill for me to stumble upon Langston Hughes' Semple tales. I immediately fell in love and devoured all the work I could find from him. He's my poetic hero - one of them anyway... He's a BRILLIANT poet and so inspired. He had so much to contribute to why in fact I, as a Black poet, could make something like JPiC possible!
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I, Too by Langston Hughes
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Langston Hughes reading his poem I, Too and verbalizing his thoughts about the Black struggle for equality and racial justice in an America which had thus sanctioned the second-class citizenship of an entire people.
By Langston Hughes
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America.
Langston Hughes, “I, Too” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes.
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