Gwendolyn Brooks - Excerpt


Born in Alabama / Bred in Illinois. / He was nothing but a / Plain black boy.” “Swing low swing low sweet sweet chariot. / Nothing but a plain black boy

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Excerpted from a much longer poem, "Of De Witt Williams on His Way to Lincoln Cemetery" (1946), about the joyful, anonymous, seedy, short life of a Chicago resident going to his grave through the streets of Bronzeville.

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