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Anthology of Negro Poetry

Various Artists
Anthology of Negro Poetry

“They’ll see how beautiful we are, and be ashamed.” Six of the 20th century's most esteemed black poets present their work in this album, released in 1954. Composed of recordings made between the 1930s and the 1950s, the poetry of Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Margaret Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks comes to life in the lilt of their own voices. Interspersed with introductions at turns boastful and bashful, this collection pulses with the spirit of a people demanding their right to be heard.

Track Listing

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I Have Known Rivers Langston Hughes 1:09
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102
I Too Langston Hughes 1:12
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103
Long Gone Sterling Brown 1:18
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104
Ma Rainey Sterling Brown 2:11
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105
St. Isaac's Church Claude McKay 1:07
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106
The Tropics in New York Claude McKay 0:53
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107
If We Must Die (Introduction) Claude McKay 2:13
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108
If We Must Die Claude McKay 1:00
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109
Heritage Countee Cullen 3:42
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201
For My People Margaret Walker 4:24
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202
Old Molley Means Margaret Walker 3:08
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203
Kissie Lee Margaret Walker 2:22
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204
Stackalee Margaret Walker 1:19
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205
John Henry Margaret Walker 1:50
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206
Kitchenette Gwendolyn Brooks 0:56
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207
Song of the Front Yard Gwendolyn Brooks 1:03
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208
The Preacher Ruminates Gwendolyn Brooks 1:00
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209
The Children of the Poor (Sonnet No.2) Gwendolyn Brooks 0:54
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210
Old Laughter Gwendolyn Brooks 0:42
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Beverly Hills, Chicago Gwendolyn Brooks 2:16
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