The perks of being an english student: Negro by Langston Hughes

Monday, February 16, 2015

I am a negro:

       Black as night is black
       Black like the depths of my Africa 

I've been a slave: 
       Caesar told me to keep his doorsteps clean
       I brushed the boots of Washington.

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

I've been a victim: 
      The Belgians cut off my hands in Congo 
      They lynch me still  in Mississippi.

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

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