Black Authors : HAPPY BLACK POETRY DAY!

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  1. cherryblossom

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    October 17th is Black Poetry Day. The time to celebrate past and present authors like Langston Hughes, Phillis Wheatley and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

    Spend this day appreciating African-American authors and spreading the word of Black poets through your friends, family members and throughout the world.

    The birth of Black Poetry Day came as an anniversary of the first published African-American poet, Jupiter Hammon, who was born into slavery in 1711 on Long Island.

    With the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, Black Poetry has strived to become what it is today.

    Famous black poets include
    Maya Angelou
    Sterling A. Brown
    Lucille Clifton
    Toi Derricotte
    Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Jessie Redmon Fauset
    Angelina W. Grimke
    Jupiter Hammon
    Langston Hughes
    Claude McKay
    Anne Spencer
    Ntozake Shange
    Natasha Trethewey
    Margaret Walker
    Phillis Wheatley (one of the first female black poets)


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    What a coincidence, we kicked it off last night (October 16, 2009) in Chat.


     
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    yes i can remember when it got started in 85.............may the poetic vibe of blackz continue on and
    keep rising with lyrics and knowledge...

    HAPPY POETRY DAY !!!
     
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    Yeah $$RICH$...it was nice, but we still need you and Miss Lady:)



     
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    You learn something everyday.

    Wow, I never heard of this T.Y.:toast:
     
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    Ka'Ba

    "A closed window looks down
    on a dirty courtyard, and Black people
    call across or scream across or walk across
    defying physics in the stream of their will.

    Our world is full of sound
    Our world is more lovely than anyone's
    tho we suffer, and kill each other
    and sometimes fail to walk the air.

    We are beautiful people
    With African imaginations
    full of masks and dances and swelling chants
    with African eyes, and noses, and arms
    tho we sprawl in gray chains in a place
    full of winters, when what we want is sun.

    We have been captured,
    and we labor to make our getaway, into
    the ancient image; into a new

    Correspondence with ourselves
    and our Black family. We need magic
    now we need the spells, to raise up
    return, destroy,and create. What will be

    the sacred word?

    Amiri Baraka
     
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    Thank you, Bro Decipherx1!

    BOOKER T. AND W.E.B.

    BY DUDLEY RANDALL

    “It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
    “It shows a mighty lot of cheek
    To study chemistry and Greek
    When Mister Charlie needs a hand
    To hoe the cotton on his land,
    And when Miss Ann looks for a cook,
    Why stick your nose inside a book?”

    “I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
    “If I should have the drive to seek
    Knowledge of chemistry or Greek,
    I’ll do it. Charles and Miss can look
    Another place for hand or cook.
    Some men rejoice in skill of hand,
    And some in cultivating land,
    But there are others who maintain
    The right to cultivate the brain.”

    “It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
    “That all you folks have missed the boat
    Who shout about the right to vote,
    And spend vain days and sleepless nights
    In uproar over civil rights.
    Just keep your mouths shut, do not grouse,
    But work, and save, and buy a house.”

    “I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
    “For what can property avail
    If dignity and justice fail.
    Unless you help to make the laws,
    They’ll steal your house with trumped-up clause.
    A rope’s as tight, a fire as hot,
    No matter how much cash you’ve got.
    Speak soft, and try your little plan,
    But as for me, I’ll be a man.”

    “It seems to me,” said Booker T.—
    “I don’t agree,”
    Said W.E.B.
     
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    Great $$RICH$$, hope to see you in Brother's Only Chat tomorrow at 7 PM Central.


     
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