• Monique Bonds

I, Too

Usually, I include my work for my blogs, but today was something different. I woke up early this morning and went on a jog around my neighborhood, where I was able to clear my mind and breathe the fresh air of life. I’ve never jogged in my area, but today I woke up feeling motivated and was able to run freely, whereas many of my fellow African Americans aren’t (Ahmaud Arbery.)

I continued my day as usual after my jog; I watched the news checked a few socials such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat and thought nothing more of my day. While watching the news, I was able to hear an exceptional interview from the mayor of Atlanta, Mrs. Keisha Bottoms. Mayor Bottoms spoke with poise and elegance as she explained her feelings towards the looting and rioting in Atlanta, Georgia. I continued to do some research on Mayor Bottoms when I came across her twitter page. While looking I was reminded of an amazing poem, I, Too by Langston Hughes. It wasn’t until I attended my HBCU that my white creative writing professor made us read the poem and break it down stanza by stanza as a class.

As a college student matriculating through an HBCU, this poem sat heavily on my heart as I felt every word. It is unbelievable to me that I had no idea of this poem until college. This poem was published in 1926 and still resonates with the African American men and women of today. Like Langston Hughes, I, Too, sing America.



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.


-By Langston Hughes

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