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

"Negro World: Poetry for the People": a Collection of Poems (1919-1921)

Below is a collection of poems published in the "Poetry for the People" section of the UNIA newspaper Negro World. This is a section that ran between 1919-1921, though only the archives from 1921 are presently available through digital repositories. Most of the authors who published in "Poetry for the People" were mainly writing as advocates for the UNIA and Garveyism and not out of any ambition to produce 'serious' poetry. 

One exception might be Lucian B. Watkins, who also published throughout the 1910s in The Crisis. Watkins published a number of poems in "Poetry for the People" between 1919 and 1921, and his death in 1921 was followed by several tribute poems from readers and fans. 

A few additional poems from Negro World can be found digitized by Jessica Covil, a Ph.D. student at Duke University, here.

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