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
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
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Source: April Rain Song, 1902 – 1967
Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.
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
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