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Young Soul

 First, feel, then read, or read
then feel.
Then fall, or stand where you already are.

Think of yourself, and the other
selves. . .think of your parents
your mothers and sisters, your
bentslick father. Then feel , or fall on your knees, if nothing else will move you.

Then read and look deeply into all matters come close to you,
city boys . . .country men.

Make some muscle in your head, but use the muslce in "yr" 
heart.
            Amira Baraka
 

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As I Grew
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It ItIt was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then
In front of me, 
Bright like the sun
My Dream
And then the wall rose
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose slowly,
slowly,
Dimming,
Hiding,
The light of my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky
The Wall
Langston Hughes

I Too Sing America

I am the darker brother
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I Iaugh and eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow, I'll sit at the table when company comes,
And nobody will dare say to me, eat in the kitchen then,

Besides, they'll see how  beautiful I am,
and be ashamed.

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes

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