A Memory of June | Claude McKay, Tuskegee University
Prose and Poetry / Quotables / Tuskegee University

A Memory of June | Claude McKay, Tuskegee University

When June comes dancing o’er the death of May, With scarlet roses tinting her green breast, And mating thrushes ushering in her day, And Earth on tiptoe for her golden guest, I always see the evening when we met– The first of June baptized in tender rain– And walked home through the wide streets, gleaming … Continue reading

Creation | James Weldon Johnson, Atlanta University 1894
Atlanta University Center / Clark Atlanta University / History & Culture / Prose and Poetry / Quotables

Creation | James Weldon Johnson, Atlanta University 1894

And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I’m lonely– I’ll make me a world. And far as the eye of God could see Darkness covered everything, Blacker than a hundred midnights Down in a cypress swamp. Then God smiled, And the light broke, And the darkness rolled up on one … Continue reading

Before you knew you owned it | Alice Walker, Spelman College
Motivational Mondays / Quotables / Spelman College

Before you knew you owned it | Alice Walker, Spelman College

Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress unmoved and … Continue reading

Dream Variations | Langston Hughes, Lincoln University ’29
Black Sororities / Delta Sigma Theta Sorority / History & Culture / Lincoln University of PA / Prose and Poetry

Dream Variations | Langston Hughes, Lincoln University ’29

To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me- That is my dream! To fling my arms wide In the face of the sun, Dance! … Continue reading