Black History Fridays

Last year I shared a series, Celebrate Black Poets which highlighted a few of my favorite poets and favorite poems by each poet. It was a way for me to celebrate black history for the month of February. This year I would like to share a few speeches from civil rights leaders through the years from [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Amiri Baraka

An Agony. As Now. I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes. Smell what fouled tunes come in to his breath. Love his wretched women. Slits in the metal, for sun. Where my eyes sit turning, at the cool air the glance of light, or hard flesh rubbed against me, [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Maya Angelou

Alone by Maya Angelou Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Nikki Giovanni

You Came, Too by Nikki Giovanni I came to the crowd seeking friends I came to the crowd seeking love I came to the crowd for understanding I found you I came to the crowd to weep I came to the crowd to laugh You dried my tears You shared my happiness I went from [...]

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Lucille Clifton

Won't You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton won't you celebrate with me what I have shaped into a kind of life? I had no model born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did I see to be except myself? I made it up here on this bridge between starshine and clay my one [...]

American History by Michael S. Harper

In addition to Poetry Corner Wednesdays, for the month of February in honor of Black History Month, I will be sharing poetry from black poets through history and current history. Please feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments section. American History by Michael S. Harper Those four black girls blown up in [...]

On Aging by Maya Angelou

When you see me sitting quietly, Like a sack left on the shelf, Don’t think I need your chattering. I’m listening to myself. Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me! Hold! Stop your sympathy! Understanding if you got it, Otherwise I’ll do without it! When my bones are stiff and aching, And my feet won’t climb the [...]

Still Here by Langston Hughes

  I been scared and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me, Looks like between 'em they done Tried to make me Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'-- But I don't care! I'm still here!