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(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

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I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Takiyah Woods (7/16/2013 5:57:00 PM)

    I love this poem! ! I read this back in middle school and I have always loved it! What a brilliant and talented man! ! ! !

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  • Iris Sahara (5/7/2013 9:13:00 AM)

    This is brilliant
    Simply Radiant
    It is an artistic
    Piece of Work

  • Rosa Davis (12/2/2012 4:13:00 PM)

    I LOVE this poem, it makes me think, that here is a man, who was tried to make feel less inferior by his color shouting to the world that he was someone and that people should pay attention to him

  • Takia Mcintosh (8/14/2012 1:57:00 PM)

    This poem is timeless and beautiful.

  • Hunter irish (3/19/2012 7:30:00 AM)

    I think that this is a great poem. Because it teaches you about not being able to eat in the dinning room when you are a young slave. but when you get older you are aloud to eat in the dinning room when the company comes.

  • Luke Johnson (12/17/2009 6:37:00 PM)

    What makes Langston great is not the things he says(which are usually overtly simplistic) , but the things he said during the time period in which he lived.

  • Deborah Schuff (3/20/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    Ha! Take THAT, Walt Whitman!

  • Han Feifei (12/28/2008 7:23:00 AM)

    love it, and I will keep it in my heart

  • Talema Lawrence (11/20/2008 11:52:00 AM)

    love this one its my favorite

  • Cynthia Cathcart (11/10/2008 8:57:00 PM)

    This poem is especially relevant given the recent election in America. Absolutely prescient. Langston Hughes was a prophet.

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