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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Africa" (1924)


O what a privilege to be—
Breath of The Breath Eternal ;
To have the life,
To have the strife
Of that dark mystery
A son of Africa, whose blood
Holds nations all in fee,
Commanding by one sultry drop
The whole identity;
She whispers at the gate of birth
And lo! the rainbow on the earth.

Published in The Messenger, April 1924

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