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“I, Too” by Langston Hughes

I, Too

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.

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Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

“I, Too” from The Weary Blues
© 1926 Langston Hughes

Photo by Delaney Turner on Unsplash

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