African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Courier" (1926)

Where are the brave men?
Where are the strong men?
Pygmies rise and spawn the earth,
Weak-kneed, weak-hearted and afraid!
Afraid to face the counsel of their timid hearts,
Afraid to look men squarely—
Down they gaze
With fatal fascination—
Down,
Down
Into the whirling maggot-sands
Of prejudice!


Published in The Crisis, November 1926

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