The New Negroes

The New Negroes

There’s a new Negro in town
And she walks with her head held high
There’s a new Negro in town
And he is not afraid

Who are these new Negroes
Paragons of virtue and strength
Leading their people to the Promised Land
Or finding it for themselves?
The new Negroes

There’s a new Negro in town
And he lives in the moment
There’s a new Negro in town
She is not haunted by the past

Who are these new Negroes
Shining stars of hope
Projections of our collective desire
Or reflections of ourselves?
The new Negroes

© 2017 Landry Butler. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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