Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Toni Poller (1/25/2015 3:36:00 PM)

    I am so going to share this with my class (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Toni Poller (1/25/2015 3:33:00 PM)

    This poem is a great way to describe how colored people were treated back in the days (Report) Reply

  • Rookie cynthia smith (1/18/2015 9:36:00 PM)

    America... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nicholas Tantillo (12/2/2014 10:37:00 AM)

    This poem satisfies my deep sexual urges. I looooooooovvvvvve my boy langston! ! ! Already Reported Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,243 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:48:00 PM)

    I too will eat in the kitchen..lovely (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Takiyah Woods (7/16/2013 5:57:00 PM)

    I love this poem! ! I read this back in middle school and I have always loved it! What a brilliant and talented man! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Iris Sahara (5/7/2013 9:13:00 AM)

    This is brilliant
    Simply Radiant
    It is an artistic
    Piece of Work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rosa Davis (12/2/2012 4:13:00 PM)

    I LOVE this poem, it makes me think, that here is a man, who was tried to make feel less inferior by his color shouting to the world that he was someone and that people should pay attention to him (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Takia Mcintosh (8/14/2012 1:57:00 PM)

    This poem is timeless and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hunter irish (3/19/2012 7:30:00 AM)

    I think that this is a great poem. Because it teaches you about not being able to eat in the dinning room when you are a young slave. but when you get older you are aloud to eat in the dinning room when the company comes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Luke Johnson (12/17/2009 6:37:00 PM)

    What makes Langston great is not the things he says(which are usually overtly simplistic) , but the things he said during the time period in which he lived. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deborah Schuff (3/20/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    Ha! Take THAT, Walt Whitman! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Han Feifei (12/28/2008 7:23:00 AM)

    love it, and I will keep it in my heart (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Talema Lawrence (11/20/2008 11:52:00 AM)

    love this one its my favorite (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cynthia Cathcart (11/10/2008 8:57:00 PM)

    This poem is especially relevant given the recent election in America. Absolutely prescient. Langston Hughes was a prophet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Guest Guest (9/17/2008 2:21:00 AM)

    In this poem Hughes makes America a society that is fit for all people and will one day be totally colorblind. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chaotic Life - Curly M. (6/13/2008 2:59:00 PM)

    i just love this poem
    i had to read it in class and analyze it and i like it
    good job Langston Hughes! ! =) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wre Rabaca (4/20/2008 5:35:00 PM)

    Amazingly written to inspire anyone and tells them that you are who you are. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitri Boukas (3/16/2008 11:13:00 PM)

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. I LOVE THIS POEM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. IT IS SO AWE INSPIRING. WALT whit amn has really made me think abou tmy future (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Allison S (5/8/2007 9:21:00 PM)

    This poem is so inspiring for anyone who reads it despite what ethnic backround we are. I read this poem for class and loved it. This can be applyed to anyone. We are all equal, we all are America, and to opress someone for their ethnic backround is wrong. It also shows how far America has come. I absolutely love this poem. It's amazing. We all are America. :) (Report) Reply

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