I, Too-Langston Hughes

In honor of yesterday’s opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and in light of last week’s killings and the unrest in Charlotte; I felt that it was appropriate to post this piece. The poem appeared on the back of  yesterday’s program at the NMAAHC opening activities. It is a bit sad that this poem is still as relevant today as when it was published in 1944/5.
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I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.
Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.
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