Black Authors : "Bring that College Home"

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  1. Angel

    Angel New Member MEMBER

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    Has anyone heard of a poem or short story called "Bring that College Home?" I dont think that's the title but those words are found throughout the poem. Please help me with the correct title or/and author's name.
     
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    first welcome to destee.com poetic playground
    welcome to the family of love & bond

    i heard of this piece but i don't know the true title or author
    but surely i will search to fine out for you.....enjoy ya stay
    look around and feel da love .....again welcome to the house .
     
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    Thanks $RICH$ I really appreciate you helping me with this situation.
     
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    most welcome, i will let you know !
     
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    RecruiterKim New Member MEMBER

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    I am looking for that poem too

    I know that a friend of mine purchased it at the Langston Hughes Library located on Alex Haley's farm now owned by the Children's Defense Fund. You may try contacting the farm to find out who the author is and how to purchase the book. Great poem! Visit www.haleyfarm.org

     
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    BRING THHAT COLLEGE HOME
    ANONYMOUS

    I's been sending you to college now for six or seven years,
    Since the mornin' dat you lef' me I's been sheddin' bitter tears.
    But I thought of dat ole sayin' "sunshine comes behin' de storm,"
    So my young man, when you finish, you jes bring dat college home.

    I's been scrubbin' by the washtub, I's been sweatin' in de fiel,
    Many times I had to borry, an I almost had to steal.
    But I hold on to my patience, beat dem soap suds into foam,
    Waiting for you to bring dat college home.*

    Folks here say you gwine be nothin', you jes foolin' time away,
    But I shake my finger an' tell dem "wait until some future day."
    So nex' June when dogwoods blossom and de bees begin to swarm,
    I'll be waitin' for to see you when you bring dat college home.

    Don't you min' dese folks here talkin', dey ain't half as good as you,
    And deys bound to nag at good folks, dat's all dey know how to do.
    I's got wood enough for winter, plenty clothes to keep me warm,
    So you trot off to college, then nex' June you bring dat college home.

    I don't mean bring home the buildings or to wreck dem good folks' place,
    Bring home Christian education and dat high tone college grace.
    You jes grab dem fessor's habits, hole 'em tight thru win' an' storm,
    Den when you get your diploma, take 'em all and light for home.

    Show dese folks dat you got 'em by the speeches dat you make,
    By the spec's dat you'll be wearin' an' de way your coattail shake.
    But don't git above de people, settle down, and cease to roam,
    Be a light in your own village, be a college right here at home.

    *This line is inaccurate - don't have access to the actual verbage right now.
    Taken from the book AFRICAN AMERICAN VALUES
     
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    thankz that helps a lot
     
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    Great poem gman

    Thanks for sharing what you found. Reminds me of the style of Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
     
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