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Countee Cullen
(1903-1946) born on
May 30
US poet. He wrote "Color," 1925 and "The Black Christ," 1930.
Yet do I marvel at this curious thing:
To make a poet black, and bid him sing!

The key to all strange things is in thy heart....
My spirit has come home, that sailed the doubtful seas.
If I am going to be a poet at all, I am going to be POET and not NEGRO POET.
For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth.
[W]e have always resented the natural inclination of most white people to demand spirituals the moment it is known that a Negro is about to sing. So often the request has seemed to savor of the feeling that we could do this and this alone.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Yet I Do Marvel."
R: "The Shrould of Color."
A: In "Brooklyn Daily News," 10 Feb 1924.
N: "League of Youth Address," in "The Crisis," Aug 1923.
K: "The Dark Tower" column; in "Opportunity," Jun 1927.

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