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Jan. 28, 2022

I Am A Black Kojo by Gwendolyn Brooks

According to my Teachers, 

I am now an African-American. 

They call me out of my name. 

BLACK is an open umbrella. 

I am Black and A Black forever. 

I am one of the The Blacks. 

We are Here, we are There. 

We occur in Brazil, in Nigeria, Ghana, in Botswana, 

Tanzania, in Kenya, in Russia, Australia, in Haiti, Soweto, in Grenada, in Cuba, in Panama, Libya, in England and Italy, France. 

We are graces in any places. 

I am a Black and A Black 

forever. 

I am other than Hyphenation. 

I say, proudly, MY PEOPLE!

I say, proudly, OUR PEOPLE!

Our People do not disdain to eat yams or melons or grits

or to put peanut butter in stew. 

I an Kojo. In West Afrika Kojo mean Unconquerable. My parents named me the seventh day from my birth in Black spirit, Black faith, Black communion. 

I am Kojo. I am A Black. 

And I Capitalize my name. 

Do not call me out of my name.