African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Edward Silvera (Edward S. Silvera), "Color" (1927)

By Edward Silvera 

They taught me to believe that God is white,
That merit is alone found in this hue,
But since calm hours attend the darkest night
Why should I still believe such doctrine true?

They taught me that the angels are like snow,
That colors save their white all virtues lack,
But gazing on a swarthy sleeping babe
Makes me believe that angels too are black.

Published in The Crisis, April 1927

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