Finally, my display for Black History Month is set up. I’ve sold one thing so far, a DVD/book set on Martin Luther King. I am working on lists of movies and books I have seen and read that I think worthwhile. I will post those next and welcome suggestions.
Here is a poem by Countee Cullen, a leading African-American Harlem Renaissance writer and poet. It was in a children’s poetry anthology. To be honest, I have never seen his work before in all my nearly 40 years as a bookdealer.
Once riding in Old Baltimore,
Heart filled, head filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Staring straight at me.
Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger
And so I smiled, but he
Stuck out his tongue and called me nigger.
I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until November.
Of all the things that happened there—
That’s all that I remember.
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