By Naomi Long Madgett
The insightful and informative foreword via the editor explains the old history to the plight of lots of ultra-modern African American men. this can be an anthology to which fifty five black ladies contributed optimistic poems approximately traditional black males with just a couple of well-known males pointed out. A ground-breaking booklet in regards to the confident relationships among women and men. all the 8 sections is illustrated by means of Carl Owens. the canopy is from a portray via Paul Goodnight.
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Jennifer E. Smith) 116 Never on Prime Time (Lucy E. Thornton-Berry) 117 Who's Really Got the Power? (Lucy E. Thornton-Berry) 118 Page 15 V. Beacons Nat Turner (Nubia Kai) 121 Commitment 2 (Jayne Cortez) 123 Alain LeRoy Locke (May Miller) 125 Martin (Roxanne Whitaker) 126 Martin Luther King (Naomi E Faust) 127 Little Mecca (Beth Brown Preston) 129 Malcolm (Nubia Kai) 131 Malcolm X (Roxanne Whitaker) 135 George Jackson (Jill Witherspoon Boyer) 136 Marley No Die (Linda Cousins) 138 The League of Defense (Melba Joyce Boyd) 139 Walk Proud, My Brother (Sibyl Rae Collins) 141 Mandala for Mandela (Aneb Kgositsile) 142 Black Poet (Naomi Long Madgett) 143 To Langston (Regina B.
School systems and textbook publishers have now begun to Page 11 correct past sins, but the changes have not come soon enough to make a difference to those who have already adopted an attitude of no expectation. Until the educational system catches up and teaches the whole truth about black people's contributions to history, literature, art, and science, all American children will continue to be educationally and culturally deprived. During the Sixties, the late Harold G. Lawrence (Kofi Wangara) wrote a poem, entitled "The Mirror,"1 in which he pictures a young black man looking at his reflection with shame and self-hatred.
His eyes are circles of sweet mischief. My hand of gentle Motherlove smooths a curve of tender cheek and the smile he gives is truer than words he will someday speak. Golden sun rains down on us and I will always remember this moment, richly painted on the fabric of my clinging thought, as even now he struggles to free himself, to run away from me. PAULETTE CHILDRESS WHITE Page 56 Precious Flowers He brings me weeds blades of grass even small twigs of trees He calls them flowers (Mommy I brought you flowers) too young yet to appreciate the beauty of the rose or the sweet smell of honeysuckle He hands them to me stands back and waits for his price to be paid (always the same) a gratuitous hug and smile He brings me weeds small twigs and clumps of grass Mommy I brought you flowers the most precious I have ever seen and when I open my kitchen window and see them lying proudly in a bowl my heart rejoices GRETA DELPHINE WHITE Copyright © 1990 by Greta Delphine White Page 57 My Gift to You My gift to you a ring open-sided like arms to encircle you with space to allow you to grow to enclose you, but not so completely that you have no room to expand.