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Theme For English B Langston Hughes The instructor said: Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you – Then, it will be true. I.

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1 Theme For English B Langston Hughes The instructor said: Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you – Then, it will be true. I wonder if its that simple? I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston- Salem. I went to school there, then Durham, then here to this college on the hill above Harlem. I am the only colored student in my class. The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem, through a park, then I cross St Nicholas, Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y, the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator up to my room, sit down, and write this page. Its not easy to know what is true for you or me At twenty-two, my age. But I guess Im what I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: Hear you, hear me – we two – you, me, talk on this page. (I hear New York, too.) Me – who? Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. I like a pipe for a Christmas present, Or records– Bessie, bop, or Bach. I guess being colored doesnt make me not like The same things other folks like who are other races. So will my page be colored that I write? Being me, it will not be white. But it will be a part of you, instructor. You are white-- yet a part of me, as I am a part of you. That's American. Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me. Nor do I often want to be a part of you. But we are, that's true! As I learn from you, I guess you learn from me -- although you're older--and white and somewhat more free. This is my page for English B. Get Paragraph Worksheet Go to Quiz

2 We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be overwise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask. We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile; But let the world dream otherwise, We wear the mask! We Wear the Mask Paul Laurence Dunbar Get Paragraph Worksheet Go to Quiz

3 He Was a Man Sterling Brown It wasnt about no woman, It wasnt about no rape He wasnt crazy and he wasnt drunk An it wasnt no shooting scrape, He was a man, and they laid him down He wasnt no quarrelsome feller, And he let other folks alone; But he took a life, as a man will do, In a fight to save his own; He was a man, and they laid him down. He worked on his little homeplace Down on the Eastern Shore He had his family and he had his friends And he didnt expect much more He was a man, and they laid him down. He wasnt nobodys great man, He wasnt nobodys good, Was a po boy tried to get from life What happiness he could, He was a man, and they laid him down. He didnt abuse Tom Wickley, Said nothing when the white man curst; But when Tom grabbed his gunk he pulled his own, And his bullet got there first, He was a man, and they laid him down Didnt catch him in no manhunt, But they took him from a hospital bed, Stretched on his back in the nigger ward, With a bullet wound in his head, He was a man, and they laid him down. It didnt come off at midnight Nor yet at the break of day, It was in the broad noon daylight, When they put poor Will away, He was a man, and they laid him down. Didnt take him to no swampland, Didnt take him t no woods, Didnt hide themselves, didnt have no masks Didnt wear no Ku Klux hoods, He was a man, and they laid him down. They strung him up on Main Street, On a tree in the Court House Square, And people cam from miles around To enjoy a holiday there, He was a man, and they laid him down. They hung him and they shot him, They piled packing cases around, They burnt up Wills black body, To enjoy a holiday there, He was a man, and they laid him down. It wasnt no solemn business, Was more like a barbecue, The crackers yelled when the fire blazed, And the women and children too, He was a man, and they laid him down. The Coroner and the Sheriff Said Death at Hands Unknown. The mob broke up by midnight, Another uppity nigger gone He was a man, and we laid him down. Get Paragraph Worksheet Go to Quiz

4 We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. By Gwendolyn Brooks THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. Get Paragraph Worksheet Go to Quiz

5 Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee, I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Now I was eight and very small, And he was no whit bigger, And so I smiled, but he poked out His tongue, and called me, "Nigger." I saw the whole of Baltimore From May until December; Of all the things that happened there That's all that I remember. Incident by Countee Cullen Get Paragraph Worksheet Go to Quiz


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