has always been a way to express feelings of joy, sorrow, outrage,
humor and hope.
poetry of the black community in America is no exception. Whether
the verses were put down to accompany music or as stand-alone
literature, there is a power captured in the words that can send
your heart soaring or bring tears to your eyes.
the Web, check out top sites featuring the best of Black American
poetry and literature, along with memorable black history quotes both humorous
black poems and poets around the Web:
The Poetry and Lyrics of the African American Registry
- A selection of African American poetry arranged by author under
the categories: Celebration of Blackness; Family; Freedom; Healing;
Love; Rituals: Music, Dance, Sports. You'll find familiar names
such as Marian Anderson, Thelonious Monk, Maya Angelou and many
others that may surprise you...
- Black History - A treasure trove of information and
featured poems by some of the most famous and little known black
poets with related discussions, history, bios, videos, audio poems,
Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance - This article focuses
on the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling A. Brown, Countee Cullen,
Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay
and Jean Toomer and includes their major works. There are some
other good resources on the site as well, just use the search
and enter African-American or Harlem...
American Quotes -
A long list of sites that focus on African proverbs, and literary,
inspirational, and humorous quotations from famous African American
political leaders, authors and poets...