“I, Too” by Langston Hughes

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“Langston Hughes” by Winold Reiss, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian

I, Too

BY LANGSTON HUGHES

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.

Source: I, Too by Langston Hughes | Poetry Foundation

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