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I, Too by Langston Hughes

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Posted By MsJacquiiC on Sep 8, 2012 at 2:00 AM

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.

I, Too
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.
Nobody'll dare
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.
See more on Langston Hughes in our forums at Langston Hughes (Harlem Renassaince Writer 1902 - 1967).


Black & African American

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  1. MsJacquiiC
    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!
    Sep 13, 2012
  2. butchiesmom
    This what I heard about growing up. What I read about. White and black water fountains, restrooms and other forms of descrimination. My white bread world knew nothing about that when I was young. I heard all kinds of words used to describe black people, Italians, Polish, etc.. Langston pointed out what was wrong in his world and hopefully brought it to the world's attention.

    He used few words but sketched a picture too vivid to be ignored.

    Thanks for posting this Sis!
    Sep 13, 2012