Quote of the Week – from Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

This is an excerpt from the poem February 12, 1963: 

I am born as the South explodes,

too many people too many years

enslaved, then emancipated

but not free, the people

who look like me

keep fighting

and marching

and getting killed

so  that today –

February 12, 1963

and everyday from this moment on,

brown children like me can grow up

free. Can grow up

learning and voting and walking and riding

wherever we want.

The rest of the poem, and the rest of the book so far, is just magical. I’ve read a lot about the Civil Rights Movement, but it really is the magic of poetry that let’s you feel it’s subject and makes what is read all the more poignant.

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