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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "The Ancestor" (1920)

THEY boasted of their ancestry and flaunted in his face
The glory of their royal lie, the valor of their race;
A moment Tom was clothed in thought,—he was not orator,—
Then shouted,—"Boys, I say, by Jove, I'll be an ANCESTOR!"

Published in The Brownies' Book, April 1920

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