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
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
Good morning, daddy! Ain't you heard The boogie-woogie rumble Of a dream deferred? • • • • You think It's a happy beat?
Source: dream boogie, 1951
Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa.
Source: Negro, 1926
Melting pot Harlem - Harlem of honey and chocolate and caramel and rum and vinegar and lemon and lime and gall . . . where the subway from the Bronx keeps right on downtown.
Source: Freedomways, Summer, 1963
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