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
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
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
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