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Make a Poet Black and Bid Him Sing![1]

Africans Bruise and Break themselves against their

Bars in the interest of Freedoms Wider than their own[2]

His Favorite subject is a Brown Hand Clasping a Black one[3]

The American Negro has the Great Advantage of having never Believed

The Collection of Myths to which White Americans Cling: that their Ancestors

Were Freedom-Loving Heroes – that they were Born in the Greatest Country the

World Has ever Seen – or that Americans are Invincible in Battle and Wise in Peace[4]

Society has no right to Bargain with the Negro for the Freedom which Inherently Belongs to him[5]

I am the Dark Girl who Crosses the Wide Sea – carrying my Body in the Sea of the Free[6]

The Bourgeoisie is Fearful of the Negro Woman – and for Good Reasons[7]

She is not so Afraid at Night because she is the Color of it[8]

BLACK is an Open Umbrella – I’m Black and A Black

Forever – I am A Black – and I Capitalize my Name[9]

Simple Justice is the Right of Every Race[10]

[1] Countee Cullen, Yet Do I Marvel

[2] C.L.R. James, A History of Negro Revolt

[3] V.S. Naipaul, Miguel Street

[4] James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

[5] Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait

[6] Langston Hughes, The Negro Mother

[7] Claudia Jones, An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Women!

[8] Toni Morrison, Beloved

[9] Gwendolyn Brooks, I Am A Black

[10] Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, To the Union Savers of Cleveland

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