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

Madeline G. Allison, "Children of the Sun" (1920)

DEAR little girl of tender years,
Born of a race with haunting fears,—
Cry not nor sigh for wrongs done you,
Your cloud has silv'ry lining, too.
Dear little son, be not in gloom,
For fears this world has no more room ;
God in His Wisdom gave you hue
Of which He's proud—yes, proud of you!

Published in The Brownies' Book, May 1920

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