“The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an African American writer, poet, and civil rights activist. He was a leader of the NAACP, and the first African American professor at New York University where he taught creative literature and writing.  President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as U.S. Consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua. (As with most of my … Continue reading “The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

“We Wear the Mask” – Poem About Happy Faces Hiding Tortured Souls

(Since we are all wearing masks, and in light of the current unrest, I moved this article forward from 2022.) African American Poetry African American poetry is poignant and powerful.  It is not written from the intellect or appetites.  Instead, most Black poetry it is written from "the heart in conflict with itself." (I gave … Continue reading “We Wear the Mask” – Poem About Happy Faces Hiding Tortured Souls