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5 Quotes in Honor of Black Poetry Day

It’s Black Poetry Day! Today, we honor black poets everywhere. Here are some quotes from some of the most influential Black Poets.

“We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.”
-Gwendolyn Brooks

“The future happens. No matter how much we scream.”
-Derek Walcott

“Books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”
-Langston Hughes

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
-Maya Angelou

“If the hope of giving is to love the living, the giver risks madness in the act of giving.”
-James Baldwin