Sympathy – A Poem By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar I know what the caged bird feels, alas!    When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;   When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,   And the river flows like a stream of glass;    When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,   And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—I […]

Up From Slavery – 10 Classic Books on Slavery and the American Slave Trade

Explore 10 classic books on slavery and the American slave trade to read for Black History Month and beyond. This list includes poigniant slavery accounts, fictional tales, and collections of Black poetry, all based around the slavery narrative. Featuring famous works by Black authors Frederick Douglass, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Frances E. W. Harper, Solomon Northup, […]

To His Excellency General Washington – A Poem by Phillis Wheatley

To His Excellency General Washington A Poem by Phillis Wheatley Celestial choir! enthron’d in realms of light,Columbia’s scenes of glorious toils I write.While freedom’s cause her anxious breast alarms,She flashes dreadful in refulgent arms.See mother earth her offspring’s fate bemoan,And nations gaze at scenes before unknown!See the bright beams of heaven’s revolving lightInvolved in sorrows […]

Black History Month – Celebrating Black Authors of the Past

Black History Month, founded in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions made by people of African heritage. While it originated in the United States, it has grown to become a globally recognised observance, celebrating knowledge, heritage, and culture. In an era where understanding and acknowledging the past […]