I, TOO, SING AMERICA by Langston Hughes.

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.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,” then.
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed-
I, too, am America…

Copyright 1926, by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Langston Hughes

Category: Celebration of Blackness,