African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

H.T. Johnson, "Booker T. Washington" (1904)

Booker T. Washington.

Most men depend on others for a name,
Thou for thyself hast wrought immortal fame.
Stooping to mother earth like birds that rise,
Thou'st gathered power to bear thee to the skies.
The wings that bear thee to posterity,
Owe not a feather to prosperity. 

Published in Wings of Ebony, 1904

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