Negro

Langston Hughes:

Negro (1958)

I am a Negro:
Black as the night is black,
Black like the depths of my Africa.

I’ve been a slave:
Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean.
I brushed the boots of Washington.

I’ve been a worker:
Under my hand the pyramids arose.
I made mortar for the Woolworth Building

I’ve been a singer:
All the way from Africa to Georgia
I carried my sorrow songs.
I made ragtime.

I’ve been a victim:
The Belgians cut off my hand in the Congo.
They lynch me still in Mississippi

I am a Negro:
Black as the night is black,
Black like the depths of my Africa.

Chris

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