Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

Etheridge Knight Quotes

    The Idea Of Ancestry

    Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black
    faces: my father, mother, grandmothers (1 dead), grand-
    fathers (both dead), brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,
    cousins (1st and 2nd), nieces, and nephews.They stare
    across the space at me sprawling on my bunk.I know
    their dark eyes, they know mine.I know their style,
    they know mine.I am all of them, they are all of me;
    they are farmers, I am a thief, I am me, they are thee.

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