There Is Now A Happiness In Gray - Poem by Mark Heathcote
Russell Lee's photo 1939.
Simply shows a young African-American man drinking water
From a 'colored' wall-mounted-fountain in a streetcar terminal in Oklahoma City,
The young black man, he's just standing simply passing the time of day,
Between two ordinary everyday objects he grew-up alongside.
... Two every day ordinary tin plate signs.
The right sign points Right & simply say 'WHITE MEN COLORED MEN'
The left sign simply says much the same pointing Left 'WHITE WOMEN COLORED WOMEN'
These two arrows oppositely opposed shown show that here is a crossroads.
Here & now at this precise time & moment there is a meeting point a merger
Here where there was no concord, no equality, there is now hope.
The man himself seems nonchalant, unconcerned about his future-
His destiny is now firmly in his own two hands to command.
'Where there was black & white segregation' there is now a happiness in Gray.
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