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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Natasha Browne (3/30/2007 7:25:00 AM)

    I really love this poem, I am white and not American but I do understand what you are expressing her and I praise you for having the power to write this and to share it with others... hate racist people and think that everone should be equal and as one...you have inspired me to write a poem no and I will put it up on this site when I am done..... (Report) Reply

  • Cori Echols (12/14/2006 1:04:00 PM)

    I love this poem. The first time I read this poem was in the 6th grade and I loved it then just as much as I do now! ! (Report) Reply

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