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

Robert Whitaker, "Awakening" (1927)


By Robert Whitaker 

The Negro in his blindness
     Bows down to white men's gods,
Content with crumbs of kindness
     Or any other odds;
Yet once his wits were duller,
     Once, weaker his backbone;
And at last the man of color
     Stirs, and dreams about his own.

Published in The Messenger, May 1927

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