On Our Way: Poems of Pride and Love



On Our Way: Poems of Pride and Love

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"On Our Way: Poems of Pride and Love". Ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins. With photographs by David Parks. New York: Knopf, 1974. xiv+63 pp.

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Table of contents

• Lee Bennett Hopkins / Introduction

• Zealy, Yolande / A Prayer
• Evans, Mari / Who Can Be Born Black
• Porter, Linda / As a Basic
• Rice, Jo Nell / You and Me

Soul love:
• Randall, Dudley / Love Poem
• Evans, Mari / If There Be Sorrow
• Patterson, Raymond Richard / A Love Song
• Prettyman, Quandra / Lullaby

• Brooks, Gwendolyn / Gertrude
• Curry, Linda / For Nina Simone Wherever You Are
• Jackson, Maurice Shelley / Old Lang Hughes
• Harper, Michael S. / Martin's Blues

• Kyei, Kojo Gyinaye / African in Louisiana
• Abrahams, Peter / Me, Colored
• Lee, Don L. / The Cure All
• Madgett, Naomi Long / Midway

• Giovanni, Nikki / Knoxville, Tennessee
• Henderson David / Sketches of Harlem
• Giovanni, Nikki / Nikki-Rosa
• Hughes Langston / Daybreak in Alabama
• Clifton, Lucille / Good Times
• Rive, Richard / Where the Rainbow Ends

Index of Titles and Authors
Index of First lines
About the Poets

Publisher's description

"In these twenty-two poems, black people speak out on pride and love--feelings about life and the futures. The talents of new young poets are combined with masterworks by Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, and others, resulting in a medley that carries the reader beyond the protest and anger of the 1960's into the 1970's--a time when all Americans are rethinking the country's future. Lee Bennett Hopkins has used poetry with people of many backgrounds and ages from pre-school children to adults. The poems selected for this volume are those that have evoked special feelings from a vast number of audiences throughout America. As Augusta Baker states in her Introduction: 'We are black, we are proud, and we are on our way'" (front flyleaf).

Commentary on anthology

Johnson, Lory. "Annotated Bibliography for Upper Elementary Readings: A Suggested Bibliography for Students Grades 3-6." Des Moines: Iowa State Dept. of Education, 1993.
"This anthology of poetry speaks precisely
about the joy and challenge of being young and Black in America" (12).

See also

Biography of Lee Bennett Hopkins (1938- ).

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