Mari Evans

(1923 / Toledo, Ohio)

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Born on July 16, 1923, Mari Evans grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She attended the University of Toledo.

Among her books of poetry are A Dark and Splendid Mass (Harlem River Press, 1992), Nightstar: 1973-1978 (1981), I Am a Black Woman (1970), and Where Is All the Music? (1968). Her books for children include Dear Corinne, Tell Somebody! Love, Annie: A Book about Secrets (1999), Singing Black: Alternative Nursery Rhymes for Children (1998, illustrated by Ramon Price) Jim Flying High (1979, illustrated by Ashley Bryan), Rap Stories (1974), and J.D. (1973, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney).

She is also the author of the plays Eye (a 1979 adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes... more »

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Who Can Be Born Black?

can be born black
and not
the wonder of it
the joy

And/to come together
in a coming togetherness
vibrating with the fires of pure knowing
reeling with power
ringing with the sound above sound above sound
to explode/in the majesty of our oneness
our comingtogether
in a comingtogetherness

can be born
and not exult!

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