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Negro

I am a Negro:
        Black as the night is black,
        Black like the depths of my Africa. 

I’ve been a slave:
       Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean.
       I brushed the boots of Washington. 

I’ve been a worker:
       Under my hand the pyramids arose.
       I made mortar for the Woolworth Building. 

I’ve been a singer:
       All the way from Africa to Georgia
       I carried my sorrow songs.
       I made ragtime. 

 I’ve been a victim:
       The Belgians cut off my hands in the Congo.
       They lynch me now in Mississippi.

 I am a Negro:
        Black as the night is black,
        Black like the depths of my Africa. 


HUGHES, Langston. Selected Poems. Forum, v. XXIX, n. 3, jul.1991, p. 7. [Langston Hughes é um escritor estadunidense, afrodescendente. Este poema foi publicado em 1959.]Disponível em: http://langston-and-us.over-blog.com/article-negro-64559481.html Acesso: 12 agosto 2011

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