African AND American

A-B-C-D…the Great Books are for you and me

Anna my friend thought so

Baldwin did too

Collins used them in her classroom

Du Bois danced with the authors

A-B-C-D…the Great Books could be the key to our literacy

Anna my friend used them as a tool to teach

Baldwin used them as a map to new identity

Collins used them to exercise young minds

Du Bois had a love affair with their words and thoughts

A-B-C-D…the Great Books were read by these four and now me

Because there was a time where we couldn’t

Weren’t allowed to

And were kept from understanding who we are now…in America

Not Africa.

(Prather, 2007)

dr. nika

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