I, Too, Sing America


Also called “I, Too” this poem was initially called “Epilogue” when it appeared in Langston Hughes' poetry collection, The Weary Blues (1926). Hughes is known for his insightful portrayals of black life in America in the 1920's through 1960's with jazz poetry.
I, Too, Sing America

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.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

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