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

Walter Everette Hawkins, "The Messenger" (1923)

Trouncing tyrants and traitors.
Hampering henchmen and haters,
Erecting enlightenment's empire.

Messenger of merit and manliness,
Emancipating the enslaved;
Symbol of sane salvation;
Scorning slavish surrender;
Emblazoning economic enlightenment;
Nemesis of a nasty nation;
Grinding the great and the grovelling;
Exacting eternal equality;
Rearing the ramparts of reason.

Publsihed in The Messenger, September 1923

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