I, Too

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

I, Too- This poem was written in 1925, a time when, to the people that made up the white majority, black assimilation was a single chapter in a naïve fairytale. This poem, like many other literary pieces of its kind, lent a hand to the cause of equal standing. Seeing as how it was written relatively early in Black History, I, Too offers an authentic and historic perspective to the conflict of discrimination.

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.