Black History Month: The Ordeal


Black History Month: Georgia Douglas Johnson—The Ordeal

Muse of Resilience

Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880-1966)

Ho! my brother,
Pass me not by so scornfully
I’m doing this living of being black,
Perhaps I bear your own life-pack,
And heavy, heavy is the load
That bends my body to the road.

But I have kept a smile for fate,
I neither cry, nor cringe, nor hate,
Intrepidly, I strive to bear
This handicap. The planets wear
The Maker’s imprint, and with mine
I swing into their rhythmic line;
I ask—only for destiny,
Mine, not thine.


In celebration of Black History Month, we will post an inspirational cultural item each day.


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