I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in Human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
Source: The Negro Speaks of Rivers, 1926
Contributed by: Zaady
Quick, sunrise, come! Sunrise out of Africa, Quick, come!
Source: Junior Addict, 1967
It is the duty of the younger Negro artist . . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering "I want to be white," hidden in the aspirations of his people, to "Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro - and beautiful!"
I got the Weary Blues And I can't be satisfied.
Source: The Weary Blues, 1926
I am the American heartbreak- The rock on which Freedom Stumped its toe.
Source: American Heartbreak, 1951
Negro blood is sure powerful - because just one drop of black blood makes a colored man. One drop - you are a Negro! . . . Black is powerful.
Source: Simple Takes a Wife, 1953
Rest a pale evening . . . A tall slim tree . . . Night coming tenderly Black like me.
Source: Dream Variations, 1926
I will not take "but" for an answer.
Wear it Like a banner For the proud- Not like a shroud.
Source: Color, 1943
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, Why Democracy means, Everybody but me.
Source: “The Black Man Speaks,” in Jim Crow’s Last Stand, 1943
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