My first book was The Heart of a Woman. It was not at all race conscious. Then some one said--she has no feeling for the race. So I wrote Bronze--it is entirely racial and one section deals entirely with motherhood--that motherhood that has as its basic note--black children born to the world's displeasure. (cited in Hull, 160)
Some of the most powerful include, "Black Woman," first published in The Crisis as "Motherhood." Another poem foregrounding the fraught nature of motherhood in light of racism is "One of the Least of These, My Little One."
* There is some debate about when Johnson might have been born. Gloria Hull gives the date as September 10, 1880, but Venetria Patton and Maureen Honey give the date as 1877. Early in her career, Georgia Douglas Johnson gave her own date of birth to editors and peers as 1886.
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