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 stong…

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

Langston Hughes, 1926

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