Poetry Spotlight: I, Too, Sing America

1936 photo by Carl Van Vechten

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,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.

by Langston Hughes

One of my favorite poets!!

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4 thoughts on “Poetry Spotlight: I, Too, Sing America

  1. Willie Stylez September 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Great poem! Thanks for sharing!

    • sunnydelyte21 September 26, 2012 at 9:48 am Reply

      Yes, I love it when Denzel quoted it in the movie “The Great Debaters”

  2. Aurie September 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm Reply

    I remember reading this one back in undergrad and I too saw that movie SunnyD.

    • sunnydelyte21 October 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply

      Yeah I wanna see it again, I love that movie!!

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