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Sterling Brown
(1901-1989) born on
May 01
US poet, critic, educator. He tapped a rich poetic source in the folk songs and blues in "Southern Road," 1932; co-edited important anthologies, e.g., "The Negro Caravan," 1941.
Dialect or the speech of the people is capable of expressing whatever the people are.

I wanted to understand my people. I wanted to understand what it meant to he a Negro. what the qualities of life were. With their imagination, they combine two great loves: the love of words and the love of life. Poetry results.
[T]he sincere, sensitive artist, willing to go beneath the cliches of popular belief to get at an underlying reality, will be wary of confining a race's entire characters to a half-dozen narrow grooves.
One thing they cannot prohibit --
The strong men . . . coming on
The strong men gittin' stronger.
Strong men. . . .
Stronger. . . .
I have . . . a deep concern with the development of a literature worthy of our past, and of our destiny; without which literature certainly, we can never come to much. I have a deep concern with the development of an audience worthy of such a literature.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Negro Caravan," 1941.
R: In "New York Times Book Review," 11 Jan 1981.
A: "Negro Character as Seen by While Authors," In "The Journal of Negro Education," Apr 1933.
N: "Strong Men,;" in "Famous Black Quotations," Time Warner,
K: "Our Literary Audience," in "Opportunity," Feb 1930.

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