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Shall I Say "My Son, You Are Branded"?
12018-10-15T11:18:10-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e11041Image of Georgia Douglas Johnson poem, as printed in The Crisis (August 1919)plain2018-10-15T11:18:10-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1
Shall I say, “My son, you’re branded in this country’s pageantry, By strange subtleties you’re tethered, and no forum sets you free?” Shall I mark the young lights fading through your soul-enchannelled eye, As the dusky pall of shadows screen the highway of your sky?
Or shall I, with love prophetic, bid you dauntlessly arise. Spurn the handicap that clogs you, taking what the world denies, Bid you storm the sullen fortress wrought by prejudice and wrong With a faith that shall not falter, in your heart and on your tongue!