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Arna Bontemps
(1902-1973) born on
Oct 13
US poet, writer. He was a leader of the "Harlem Renaissance," movement, 1920s; wrote "Black Thunder," 1936 depicting the lives and struggles of black Americans.
         
   
F
Is there something we have forgotten? some precious thing
We have lost, wandering in strange lands?

R
Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept
And tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky.
A
Yet would we die as some have done,
Beating a way for the rising sun.
N
I have sown beside all waters in my day.
I planted deep, within my heart the fear
That wind or fowl would take the grain away.
I planted safe against this stark, lean year.
K
How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or m merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Nocturne at Bethesda."
R: "The Return."
A: "The Day-Breakers."
N: "A Black Man Talks of Reaping."
K: In "Colored People," 1994.
   


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